Monday, 22 October 2012

Big Players become an Easy Target

Wave of DDoS attack is nowhere near its ending. HSBC joins the list of companies that has been hacked and hit hard*.

HSBC experienced a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, Oct. 18 that disrupted a number of its Websites as hackers continue their cyber-attack campaign against financial institutions.

In a statement, HSBC acknowledged its servers came under attack, affecting HSBC Websites around the world.

"This denial-of-service attack did not affect any customer data, but did prevent customers from using HSBC online services, including Internet banking," according to the company. "We are taking appropriate action, working hard to restore service. We are pleased to say that some sites are now back up and running. We are cooperating with the relevant authorities and will cooperate with other [organizations] that have been similarly affected by such criminal acts. We [apologize] for any inconvenience caused to our customers throughout the world."

Immunity: Make-believe of the Online World

The internet has been home to people and users of different roots and intentions. Though primarily created to ease the way computing and information sharing is done, the online world has also been a fertile ground for crimes and thefts. And yes, with this fact stated, NO ONE is ever secure.

The above stated account is a proof that even big players may end up being compromised. Leaving many of us with the question of how much more the threat for small businesses is.

HSBC, being one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, as well as other key players in the industry, surely cannot afford to have any margin of error when it comes to online banking. It is on this issue where SSL Certificates can help. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates allows secure communication, eCommerce, and browsing, as well as data protection and integrity. By installing SSL certificates in servers and websites, business of all sizes are executing the best prevention policy, thus lowering (or completely mitigating) the risk of unwanted data breach.

GlobalSign, being one of the world's largest SSL and client certificate provider, has right solutions for your company's different needs. GlobalSign offers a wide range of trust services and products. It offers SSL certificates secured by the highest encryption level available to date, 2048-bit encryption. You may choose among Domain Validation SSL, Organization Validation SSL, and Extended Validation SSL.

GlobalSign also offers cost efficient solutions for enterprises like yours having a number of domains and subdomains to secure – SANs and Wildcard SSL, respectively. Subject Alternative Name (SAN) is utilized by multi-domain SSL certificates from GlobalSign to enable you the flexibility to secure up to 40 different domain names, subdomain, and public IP addresses using only one SSL certificate and IP address.

For further details/inquiries, you may visit our website at or connect with us on Facebook (, Twitter ( for updates. You may also contact us directly at