PNC Is Latest Bank Hit With Major Cyberattack

Samantha Murphy
PNC Is Latest Bank Hit With Major Cyberattack

If you're a customer at a major bank, it's likely that it recently suffered a huge cyberattack.

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PNC Bank is the latest national bank who has reportedly fallen victim to a series of Distributed Denial of Service attacks, a list that also includes Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. As of Thursday afternoon, was still down.

A hacker group from the Middle East is reportedly behind the attacks, which allegedly sent large amounts of traffic -- up to 10 to 20 times the normal rate -- to the site at once. Data is typically not hacked during denial of service attacks. Instead, the aim is to temporarily crash websites.

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According to CNNMoney, security experts are calling this attack one of the largest outages from a cyberattack ever seen. Although it's not unusual for banks to be targeted in this way, the volume was twice the previous record for a denial of service attack.

PNC said it is trying to get its servers back online as soon as possible.

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This story originally published on Mashable here.