By Fahmida Y. Rashid
In a Pastebin message posted on Monday, a hacker group called Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters warned it would launch a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against U.S. financial institutions this week, and named U.S. Bancorp, JPMorgan Chase,Bank of America, PNC, and SunTrust as its targets. Users started reporting problems accessing banking websites Tuesday evening, and some sites were still intermittently inaccessible on Wednesday afternoon. Users started reporting Bank of America’s Website was not loading beginning Tuesday morning, till about 3pm Eastern Wednesday, according to Sitedown.co. The site websitedown.com reported intermittent outages at SunTrust’s site around noon on Tuesday. PNC took to Facebook and Twitter to keep customers informed of the attacks. “PNC and other banks have experienced an unusual volume of internet traffic. As a result, some customers may experience slowness or difficulty when logging into online and mobile banking. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Please continue to follow our page for additional updates. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience,” PNC posted on its Facebook page Tuesday evening.