FOXBusiness - PNC Warns Customers About Ongoing Cyber Attack
Published January 04, 2013
Just a week after Citigroup (C) experienced widespread online issues, PNC Financial (PNC) warned customers this week it is grappling with heavy Internet traffic consistent with a cyber attack.
The acknowledgement from PNC underscores the trouble U.S. banks have had in recent months dealing with powerful distributor denial of service (DDoS) style attacks that can slow or even shut off online access for customers.
“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,” PNC told customers in an emailed message late Thursday.
Pittsburgh-based PNC said it believes the situation is an “access issue not an issue of account security” and said its website is “protected by sophisticated encryption strategies that shield customer information and accounts.”
In the past seven days, 58 downtime reports were filed for problems with PNC.com on Sitedown.co, a website that tracks online outages.