These numbers, too, will only go up. And while no one has reported stolen data or major revenue losses from the DDoS attacks, America's largest banks will continue to lose a significant measure of public trust should customers be rendered incapable of logging on and performing a simple task such as making a mortgage payment.
Concrete walls and bank vaults aren't going to protect us from this new invasion. So what will? Maybe Thomas Jefferson, with visionary clarity, put it best: eternal vigilance.
Luge Pravda is senior vice president at NetNames USA Inc., a firm specializing in online security, brand protection and anti-piracy services. He can be reached at Luge.Pravda@NetNames.com.