View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Cybersecurity
September 27, 2012

Wells Fargo hit by cyber-attack

The attack follows attacks against the websites of Bank of America, New York Stock Exchange, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase

By CBR Staff Writer

US based Wells Fargo became the latest bank to face cyber-attack, launched by a group pledging retaliation for an online ‘anti-Muslim’ video that sparked violence in Muslim countries.

A group calling itself "Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam" has claimed the responsibility for the online attacks.

The group revealed that Wells Fargo and other banks would be targeted for the second week under the name "Operation Ababil," meaning "Swarm."

About 220 customers of Wells Fargo have lodged complaint with, a website that tracks website outages saying that they face problem as they tried to log onto Wells Fargo websites.

Last week, the group launched attacks against the websites of Bank of America, New York Stock Exchange, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase while US Bank and PNC Bank were also hit in the latest attack.

Iran has rejected reports by the US officials claiming its involvement in hacking into several US banks over the past year as part of their broad cyber operation.

The US White House is planning to issue an executive order intended at securing US computer networks from cyberattacks.

Content from our partners
Powering AI’s potential: turning promise into reality
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline

In February this year, operators of US stock exchanges, Nasdaq and BATS have confirmed that their respective public websites became victims of a denial of service (DOS) attack.

Iran has barred access to Google and Gmail in a bid to enhance cyber security and oppose a movie against Islam that has triggered protests across the Muslim world.

YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan and Bangladesh after the site refused to remove the trailer of an ‘anti Islamic’ movie.

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.