U.S. Bank Website Latest to Be Hit By Cyber Attack

A company spokesman said that website visitors have experienced “intermittent delays,” but “personal data and funds are secure.”

U.S. Bank on Wednesday was the victim of what is believed to be a coordinated series of cyber attacks on the nation’s largest banks.

Beginning at about 8:30 a.m., visitors to usbank.com experienced “intermittent delays,” although the site never completely went down, spokesman Tom Joyce told Twin Cities Business Wednesday afternoon.

While some customers experienced problems accessing the site, “personal data and funds are secure,” Joyce said, adding that the company is “working closely with federal law enforcement officials” on the matter.

The issue is related to “unusual and coordinated high traffic coming into our website,” and the attack is very similar to those recently experienced by other major banks, Joyce said.

The websites of J.P. Morgan Chase & Company and Bank of America Corporation were disrupted last week, and Wells Fargo was hit Tuesday, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

A group called the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters has claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to The Wall Street Journal. The group reportedly warned that it planned to attack U.S. Bank and also said that it plans to attack PNC Financial Services Group this week.

U.S. Bank’s website appeared to be loading properly early Wednesday afternoon, and Joyce said that the problem was becoming less severe, although there were still some intermittent issues. The site appeared to be functioning properly Thursday morning.

Joyce said that the company is apologizing to customers for the inconvenience and encourages those with urgent banking needs to call the company or visit a branch. He pointed out that the recent cyber attacks on other banks lasted about one full day.

U.S. Bank’s parent company, U.S. Bancorp, is among Minnesota’s 10 largest public companies and is the state’s largest bank-holding company based on assets, which totaled $349 billion as of June 30.