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New Zealand Banks and Postal Service Under DDoS Attack

Unknown attackers targeted several banks, financial institutions, and postal services in New Zealand in a DDoS attack.

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RDDoS attacks, DDoS attack on New Zealand Banks

It seems like New Zealand is becoming a new cyberthreat landscape with regular security incidents. Months after a cyberattack on the New Zealand reserve bank, attackers reportedly targeted several banks, financial institutions, and postal services in the country.

New Zealand’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) stated that it identified a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that temporarily affected the operations of several organizations in the country. In DDoS attacks, threat actors make a targeted system or service unavailable to its users by flooding their systems with unwanted incoming traffic from different sources.

While the criminals behind the attack are unknown, the agency stated that it is investigating the incident and working with affected parties to explore more details.

One Attack, Multiple Victims

The DDoS attack has affected multiple organizations in New Zealand, including Australia and New Zealand banking group (ANZ), New Zealand Post (NZ Post), and Kiwibank.

Also Read: New Zealand’s Reserve Bank Data System Hacked; Critical Data at Risk

ANZ has apologized its customers for the service outage. “We are experiencing an outage with our Internet Banking and goMoney app at the moment, we’re really sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause! Our tech teams are working hard to get things fixed asap,” ANZ said.

Several other victim organizations took to social media to apologize to its customers and provide update on the security incident.

“Apologies for the inconvenience while we work to fix intermittent access to our App, Internet Banking, Phone Banking, and Website,” Kiwibank said in a post.

DDoS Attacks Rise in New Zealand

This is not the first time organizations in New Zealand have sustained a DDoS attack. Recently, New Zealand stock exchange NZX Ltd. went offline for three consecutive days after a DDoS attack impacted its network connectivity systems, including NZX websites and the markets announcement platform. Read More Here…