In addition to the internal system security and protections a bank uses, external website monitoring aids in quickly recognizing and dealing with potential security threats. In many cases external monitoring provides the earliest warning and helps to pinpoint what is going wrong during a cyber attack.
Network Services Monitoring
If you bank with anyone larger than a local credit union, it’s likely your bank’s website has been attacked within the past few months as recent denial-of-service cyber attacks have increased in both frequency and severity. An April 2013 NBC News report found that in the six weeks prior, 15 of the nation’s largest banks were offline for a total of 249 hours due to denial of service cyber attacks.
Dotcom-Monitor has established a Native IPv6 Monitoring Bureau dedicated to effective end-to-end IPv6 website performance monitoring. Dotcom-Monitor tests for performance and accessibility and can also simulate real user activities such as validating text and images as well as portal logins and shopping cart functionality.
Dotcom-Monitor is tracking a Wells Fargo down website based on a consistent failure to connect host issues that began at approximately April 4, 12 PM CST. Dotcom-Monitor has been tracking a history of banking website outages for several months and has provided analysis of banking outages for the financial industry for issues involving recent PNC bank outages, U.S. Bancorp outages, and a previous Wells Fargo outages.
April 2, 2013 – Network Solutions DNS, a major provider of domain name server (DNS) services, experienced an issue over the Mar 30-31, 2013 weekend resulting in many websites, including websites owned by Dotcom-Monitor clients, having website DNS time out errors. Intermittent Network Solution DNS issues were noted late afternoon and evening hours on March 29. Dotcom-Monitor then began tracking consistent DNS time out errors involving Network Solutions DNS servers early on Saturday morning, March 30, 2013. The Network Solutions DNS servers involved were NS22.WORLDNIC.COM (188.8.131.52) and NS21.WORLDNIC.COM (184.108.40.206).