The big banks being attacked (an email I got from my bank)

Here’s the email I got from the bank I’m planning on leaving soon:

A number of banks in the U.S., including $BIGBANK, are seeing an unusually high volume of traffic at their Internet connections. This volume of traffic is consistent with threatened cyber attacks on the U.S. banking system and is designed to cause access delays for legitimate internet customers. For several weeks, $BIGBANK has taken steps to block this traffic and maintain online and mobile banking access for the vast majority of its customers. In some cases, those measures also may have blocked access to a small percentage of legitimate $BIGBANK customers for an extended period. We sincerely apologize to those affected.

For those having access issues, disruptions may be intermittent, so please try logging on again. You might also consider utilizing alternative banking methods, such as visiting your local branch, using a $BIGBANK ATM or calling 1-8XX-$BIGBANK (XXX-XXXX). Please know that even during an access disruption, any transfers or online bill payments already scheduled will continue to be processed.

If you still cannot access the site, you may contact us for assistance on Twitter $BIGBANKHELPDESK (no account information please), or by calling 1-8XX-$BIGBANK (XXX-XXXX). Please be aware that given the current situation, you may experience longer than usual wait times.

In the meantime, please be assured that $BIGBANK’s website is protected by sophisticated encryption strategies that shield customer information and accounts. While this situation is an access issue and not an issue of account security, it is always important to remember to protect yourself by not sharing personal or financial information on any non-secure sites. Other cyber security tips can be found here [edit: link removed to avoid disclosure of sensitive personal information].

Thank you for your patience as we continue to address these disruptions.

Yeah, I know, I should probably switch banks soon and start using a local credit union. It’s just such a pain in the ass. Any suggestions?

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