Bank of America Website Hacked, Islamic Cyber Terrorists Takes Credit

Sep 18, 2012 11:49 PM EDT | By Juan Fernandez

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Bank of America branch in NYC. (Photo : Reuters)

The Bank of America website was possibly hacked with customers experiencing intermittent problems most of Tuesday, the same time an Islamic cyber-terrorist group threatened to attack the bank, New York Stock Exchange and other U.S. targets.

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According to FOX, the Bank of America website was indeed attacked, specifically the domain name service. In response to questions whether the BofA website was hacked, a spokesman from the bank said that they were taking proactive measures to secure the bank's systems.

He stated that "some customers may experience occasional slowness" but the bank is "working to ensure full availability." Problems began approximately 10 am ET on the website and lasted till evening.

Claiming to represent "cyber terrorists of Izz ad-din Al qassam," someone said that they would attack such properties until the film "Innocence of Muslims" was completely erased. The film has stirred violence and unrest in the Middle East, causing attacks against US diplomatic missions in several countries and the death of an American ambassador and three others.

"This attack will continue until the Erasing of that nasty movie. Beware this attack can vary in type," said the statement on an internet bulletin board known as pastebin.com. It has not yet been confirmed if this Islamic group has indeed hacked the BofA website, or if it was just coincidental.

Earlier this month, hacker group Anonymous took credit for taking down GoDaddy, the hosting company. Later it was revealed that it was due to technical issues.

One a website where people report of websites that are down, there are dozens of complaints of the BofA website with reports saying "site not loading properly" to "website down" and "unable to access online banking."

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