On Thursday, Citizens Bank warned its customers that they might not be able to access their online and mobile banking services due to a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack launched against the financial institution’s systems.A message posted on the bank’s website warned of “intermittent outages,” SC Magazine reports. However, Citizens Bank has reassured customers that their personal information is not at risk.
Currently, the website of Citizens Bank appears to be working properly.
It’s uncertain if Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters are behind the attacks. The hackers, who launched Operation Ababil allegedly in an effort to get the controversial Innocence of Muslims movie removed from YouTube, have announced phase 4 of the campaign on July 23, 2013.
“While the films exist, no one should expect this operation be fully stopped. Planning the new phase will be a bit different and you'll feel this in the coming days,” they said at the time.
However, they haven’t issued any statements since then so it’s uncertain which banks they’ve targeted.