Waterboarding sounds like it should make a come-back here.
Via Federal Times:
“A federal grand jury in Manhattan found that these seven individuals conspired together, and with others, to conduct a series of cyberattacks against civilian targets in the United States financial industry that, in all, cost victims tens of millions of dollars,” Lynch said Thursday.
The hackers perpetrated a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on at least 46 U.S. networks between 2011 and 2013, most of which targeted financial institutions.
The teams at ITSEC and MERSAD created malware to enslave computers around the world and constructed botnets to carry out the DDoS attacks. Those attacks overwhelmed bank websites and systems, locking out users and bank employees, alike.
At the height of the campaign, institutions were getting hit with upwards of 140 gigabits every second.