Wells Fargo latest large bank to get hit by cyber attack
DENVER — The list of banks hit by cyber attacks is growing. So far hackers have shut down online banking for Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, PNC, and US Bank. Cyber security experts say all of the banks have been hit by what’s called a “denial of service” attack.
“A large number of requests are being made by the bad guys to your banking website which basically exhausts the ability of that website to deliver pages to legitimate users,” said Steve Fox, CEO of Security Pursuit.
That means problems accessing your accounts online — slow loading sites or sites you can’t access at all.
“Even if you’re logged in, you may click a link and all of a sudden the page is not found,” Fox explained.
An Islamic group is claiming responsibility for these attacks saying they’re in response to a US produced video depicting the prophet Muhammad. That same video is blamed for sparking deadly riots in Libya and Egypt.
As for these bank attacks, millions of customers are now worried about the safety of their accounts.
“It’s a little scary honestly. It’s my personal money and stuff at risk,” said Gabe Huskey.
“Everything you do online you have to be really careful,” said another customer.
But the banks and security experts assure this attack did not access any accounts or personal information. It’s merely a nuisance.
“They are limiting people from accessing their banks, but to date we haven’t seen a lot of situations where people’s accounts actually get accessed,” Fox said.
In all cases the websites were back up and running in less than a day. And through it all, customers’ accounts were always available through ATMs, bank locations, or the phone.