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Call it a frighteningly mixed message. In the last week of January, the al-Qassam Cyber Fighters who had been claiming the Distributed Denial of Service takedowns of some of the nation’s largest financial institutions, turned their sights on credit unions.

The attacks knocked the $1.5 billion University Federal Credit Union in Austin, Texas, and the $3.8 billion Patelco Federal Credit Union in Pleasanton Calif., both off line, becoming the the first credit union casualties of the present DDoS wave.

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