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PNC Customers Can’t Access Accounts Online: Bank Hit By Hackers

PNC bank website hit by hackers

Tuesday it was Wells Fargo among others, and Wednesday it was PNC Bank’s website that was hit by a group of Middle Eastern hackers, making the site unavailable to PNC users. The problems were still intermittently affecting consumers on Thursday. Most of the problems seemed to occur when customers attempted to log in, with slow load times or timeouts occurring.

“We are working to restore full service to everyone,” spokesman Fred Solomon told the Chicago Tribune.

U.S. Bank, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have also been hit.

Newsday reported that on a website called, a group claimed responsibility for the disruptions in service, saying the attacks were related to the offensive Innocence of Muslims film and film trailer that have recently been in the headlines and drawing outrage from many Muslims.

The posts by the group claimed the attacks on PNC and other banks would continue until the video was completely removed from the internet. No connection between any of the banks and the film was reported.

While the attacks could be a result an independent hacker group or a terrorist cell, independent Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut said he believed that Iran was behind the attacks on PNC and other American financial institutions.

U.S. Bank is part of U.S. Bancorp, while PNC is part of PNC Financial Services Group. The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, an industry group, raised its cyber threat level to “high” from “elevated” last week as a result of cyber attacks.

It was not reported if any user information had been compromised by the hackers.

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10 Responses to “PNC Customers Can’t Access Accounts Online: Bank Hit By Hackers”

  1. Jim Lex

    So…they're savvy enough to DDoS and inconvenience millions of Americans but they're stupid enough not to realize that it is utterly impossible to /completely/ remove a video from the internet?

  2. Michael F Rivero

    Why would Iran, which wishes to avoid war, do something that would give Israel and the US the excuse to launch the war they have coveted for years.

    Netanyahu's United Nations speech, intended to get western nations to throw more of their children into wars on Israel's enemies, has failed. Indeed he has become a laughing stock with his cartoon bomb.

    But Netanyahu is not a man who accepts defeat. According to Kaspersky labs, Israel is at least partially responsible for the cyber-weapons STUXNET, DUQU, FLAME and GAUSS, the last one of which specifically targeted banks in Lebanon.

    We could easily see a virtual version of a false-flag attack. Such a false-flag cyber attack, blamed on Iran, justifies the war. It also gets Wall Street and Washington DC off of the hook for the inevitable crash from decades of fraud and corruption. Instead of a melt-down caused by gross mismanagement of the economy, the crash is suddenly an act of war by a foreign party. Such a cyber attack would also allow the US Government to take direct control of the internet and silence those who might remind the public about previous whoppers told to start wars, like Saddam's nuclear weapons.

    Que Bono? Who benefits?

  3. Billy Beck

    "Why would Iran, which wishes to avoid war, do something that would give Israel and the US the excuse to launch the war they have coveted for years."

    That question begins with a defective premise, and that's why you're mystified, Michael.

  4. Patrick Conner

    Michael's premise seems pretty sound to me, and I don't think he's mystified either. Unlike many unthinking Americans, he appears to clearly see the ties that bind the US to Israel, and that the US-Israeli "special relationship" is the greatest threat to world peace.

    Countries Iran has invaded or bombed: 0

  5. Susan Joyce Wood

    I saw a map on the Internet that showed 45 US military bases surrounding Iran with none inside Iran. We're either protecting Iran as before, or it's set up to turn like a snake and overwhelm Iran, which I don't think is the plan.. It's nonsense! We don't have a single base in Mexico, and it's loudly complained in the news that it's the pipeline for the entry of drugs? Is there something wrong at the Pentagon, pretending our military isn't high on drugs or they couldn't do the job?

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