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Islamic Hackers Attacking Bank Of America And Chase Websites?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 2:37 PM
Yesterday, Bank of America's website experienced periodic outages. Today, Chase's website was reported to be "intermittently unavailable to some customers." I just tried to access chase.com, and I wasn't able to connect. So it appears the problem at Chase hasn't been resolved.

According to this InformationWeek Security article, it might be a denial-of-service attack from an Islamic hacker group. However, the banks have not confirmed this so the outages may just be due to technical glitches.
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Ken TuminKen Tumin5,441 posts since
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1. Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 8:46 PM
An update via Reuters: 
The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, which is widely known as FS-ISAC, raised the cyber threat level to "high" from "elevated" in an advisory to members, citing "recent credible intelligence regarding the potential" for cyber attacksas its reason for the move.  [...] An outside security contractor told Reuters that "massive" denial-of-service attacks had been launched against multiple banks but declined to comment further. 

The move by FS-ISAC came just two days the FBI published a "fraud alert" advising financial services firms that cyber criminals may be disrupting service to their websites in a bid to keep banks from noticing a recent surge in fraudulent large-sized wire transfers.
 

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2. Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 5:48 PM
They may be targetting other banks.

From Betabet, ‘Operation Ababil’: Muslim Cyber Fighters Return, Take Down Wells Fargo’s Website

Wells Fargo reps have apologized today for limited access to wellsfargo.com on Twitter.
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3. Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 4:22 PM
Another update via Reuters
Some U.S. Bancorp and PNC Financial Services customers were having trouble accessing the banks' websites on Wednesday, as U.S. financial institutions appear to be threatened by another round of cyber attacks.

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4. Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 1:16 PM
Another update with more details at Bank Info Security:
The online-banking and website outages and glitches reported Sept. 26 by U.S. Bank and PNC Bank are likely the result of foreign attacks, says Bill Wansley, a financial fraud and security consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.



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