PNC, other banks report cyber attacks, close down online banking; Is anti-Islam YouTube video behind it?
PNC Bank has been emailing customers today warning them of what appears to be a cyber attack on its online banking system.
Here is the email:
The main quote from the email:
A number of banks in the U.S., including PNC, are seeing an unusually high volume of traffic at their Internet connections. This volume of traffic is consistent with threatened cyber attacks on the U.S. banking system and is designed to cause access delays for legitimate internet customers. For several weeks, PNC has taken steps to block this traffic and maintain online and mobile banking access for the vast majority of its customers. In some cases, those measures also may have blocked access to a small percentage of legitimate PNC customers for an extended period. We sincerely apologize to those affected.
a reassuring message to find in your inbox.
And the bank says if the website doesn't work, try a branch instead.
Cyber Attack On PNC’s Online Banking Slows Customer Access
Web sites of several major banks hit by another round of cyber attacks
During the last few weeks, the web sites of several of the largest banks have been hit sporadically by so-called "distributed denial-of-service attacks." The attacks flood the web sites with so much traffic that it makes it difficult for customers to log into their online accounts or get information.
Among the banks reportedly affected in recent weeks: PNC, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and SunTrust Bank.
Regulators say that those launching attacks may be trying to distract a bank's technology department so they can try to hack into accounts, prevent customers from reporting problems or prevent banks from sending out warnings to customers.
And finally, the notice on PNC's site. No less spooky:
Information on Potential Cyber Attack
PNC and other U.S. banks may continue to be the target of a potential cyber attack. This potential threat could result in a high volume of electronic traffic that may make it difficult for some of our customers to sign onto online banking. We have no information regarding timing, duration or intensity of this potential threat. Please be assured that PNC's website is protected by sophisticated encryption strategies that shield customer information and accounts.
Edited by Sci-Fi Girl, 04 January 2013 - 12:12 AM.