Banks, governments, Internet providers and many businessesacross Europe faced a massive, but simulated, distributed denial ofservice attack on Thursday as the European Union probes its ITinfrastructure and seeks to discover ways to better cooperate and,thus, ward off attacks.

A similar exercise washeld in 2010 but that one did not include banks which have joinedin the 2012 simulation.

Across the United States in recent days a number of money centerbanks – including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorganChase – have suffered devastating DDoS attacks that put their websites out of useful service for somehours.

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