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Bank websites report customers has trouble signing on

Updated: October 29, 2012 6:36AM

Cyber attacks aimed at banks and financial institutions hit U.S. Bancorp, PNC Financial Services and JPMorgan Chase customers Wednesday, as customers had problems logging in on the first try.

The banks reported that most of their customers were having no problems by 4:30 p.m. Central time Wednesday.

A PNC Financial Services spokesman said the problem mostly affected customers in the Midwest.

It was the second time in a week that Chase customers had trouble logging in. A similar problem occurred Oct. 19, the spokesman said.

Attacks earlier this week and last week hit the public websites of Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

The so-called “denial of service” attacks send a coordinated stream of high traffic to a web site, making it difficult to access.

Bank spokespeople said customers’ data and money remain secure.

A U.S. Bancorp spokesman urged people with emergency banking needs to go to a bank branch or ATM or call 1-800-USBANKS.

Media reports said an unidentified person posted a message on warning of attacks this week against U.S. Bancorp and PNC Financial Services Group.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., chairman of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee, has said he believes Iran has targeted the U.S. financial system in retaliation for America’s sanctioning of Iran’s nuclear activity. Iranian officials have denied any involvement.

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