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[December 12, 2012]
BRIEF: U.S. Bank's website hit with another cyber attack
Dec 12, 2012 (Pioneer Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- For the second time in three months, U.S. Bank was the target of a computer attack designed to block customer access to its website Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank said its website was flooded by an "unusual and coordinated amount" of data that slowed down access, starting about 10 a.m., bank spokesman Tom Joyce said.
The bank responded and the site, which customers use for online banking, was performing throughout the day, Joyce said.
Bank data and funds were secure, Joyce said. The attack, called a denial of service, is designed to be a nuisance by flooding a site with junk data traffic in order to block access to it.
A shadowy group calling itself Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters claimed responsibility for the bank attack in advance.
In September, the group attacked some of the largest banks in the United States, including U.S. Bank. On Monday, Dec. 10, the group announced it would attack five banks a second time -- Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, PNC Bank of Pittsburgh, SunTrust Bank and U.S. Bank, Joyce said.
U.S. Bank is Minnesota's second-largest bank by deposits.
Leslie Brooks Suzukamo can be reached at 651-228-5475. Follow him at twitter.com/suzukamo.
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