Written By: Matt Evans, The Business Journal
A "denial of service" attack possibly linked to an Iranian hacker group affected BB&T's website, similar to those that have hit other major U.S. banks.
But BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) said the infiltration did not target any individual accounts or funds but instead temporarily interrupted the website's availability Wednesday. Service has been fully restored, though it's possible there will be intermittent further outages for a short time, the company said.
"Our clients' financial privacy is our highest priority and we are fully committed to providing resources and safety measures to ensure its protection. This includes world-class security infrastructures, state-of-the-art firewalls and ongoing evaluation of emerging security developments and threats," BB&T said in a statement.
The Wall Street Journal said a hacker group called Qassam Cyber Fighters has been targeting U.S. banks with denial-of-service attacks. U.S. officials said the group is sponsored by the Iranian government and the attacks amount to a "low-grade cyberwar" that could lead to U.S. retaliation in some form.
Capital One Financial was also affected this week, and other major banks have also been targeted.
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