Hackers Threaten Online Banking At Local Banks 5/7/13
CBS 7 News
May 7, 2013
MIDLAND/ODESSA-Banks across the country were threatened today by a group of international hackers. And it hit home for one local bank, which made the list of targeted financial institutions.
It might be enough to make you think twice about clicking into your checking account, but Prosperity Bank says there's no reason to panic.
Anonymous hackers posted their target list to pastebin.com--including federal defense websites and big name banks like bank of America--and the Texas-based Prosperity Bank.
"We don't know if it's real or not real but we always, when a rumor like that surfaces, want to make sure we communicate with our clients,” said President of the Permian Basin Divison of Prosperity Bank Mike Marshall.
Bank officials say the supposed method of attack is called a DOS threat, or denial-of-service attack in which hackers slow down a target site until it stops working.
"What causes it is when unauthorized outside parties flood a website and interrupt the system or slow it down,” Marshall said.
Prosperity warned all its customers in an email yesterday that they might have trouble accessing online banking in the event of an attack by hackers.
We caught up with some customers today, doing their banking the old fashioned way.
"You figure the banks would be secure,” said Jon Lanier, who banks at Prosperity in Midland. “But you know there's always somebody a little smarter out there hacking into computers so you got to be careful and not keep all your money in one spot."
"I will never do online banking,” said Cynthia Moore, who was visiting the Odessa Prosperity Bank.
CBS Dallas reported the group targeted us banks because of, “America’s war crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and the U.S.”
Prosperity says there has been no data breach or hacking attempt yet. They assure customers that personal data is secure and is rarely compromised in these types of attacks.