WorldPay recovers from massive attack

Wednesday, 12 November 2003, 12:46 PM EST

WorldPay's systems are back running normally this week following the most serious and sustained Internet attack on a UK business to date.

Operations at the Royal Bank of Scotland's Internet payment transaction outfit were blighted for three days last week as the result of a malicious DDoS attack by unidentified computer criminals. Although customer information was not disclosed by the attack, WorldPay's online payment and administration system were reduced to a crawl due to a flood of malicious traffic directed at its Web-based systems that began a week ago.

WorldPay put in place a series of measures to mitigate the attack and by Friday its services were restored to near-normality.

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