Someone claiming to represent “cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam” said it would attack the Bank of America and the New York Stock Exchange as a “first step” in a campaign against properties of “American-Zionist Capitalists.”
“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, where hackers often post such threats.
Bank of America said its website is available but some customers may experience occasional slowness. “We are working to ensure full availability,” bank spokesman Mark Pipitone said.
Bank of America customers reached by Reuters in New York, Georgia, Ohio and Michigan said they could not access the website.
Data from Keynote, a testing and monitoring company, showed that the problems began around 10 a.m. ET and were still ongoing as of 6:10 p.m.
“It’s possible that something Bank of America has done on its end, some kind of change, caused the problem,” said Aaron Rudger, Keynote’s senior marketing manager of Web performance. The bank’s homepage looked different before the trouble began, he said.
As of about 6 p.m., Rudger said, a “small percentage” of website requests were being fulfilled successfully, but the majority were still met with errors.
Last year, the No. 2 U.S. bank experienced six days of problems with its website, which it blamed on heavy traffic and an upgrade of its systems. The site allows customers to check balances, transfer money and make payments.