Bank of America’s (BAC: 9.18, -0.12, -1.34%) website was experiencing sporadic outages on Tuesday related to a cyber attack that may be tied to an Islamic terrorist group, according to a source close to the matter.
The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank’s namesake site, bankofamerica.com, was not loading as of 3:15 p.m. ET and has been down for hours.
A source confirms to FOX Business that Bank of America’s website was in fact hit by a cyber attack. It was a “technical attack” that was focused on BofA’s domain name service (DNS) infrastructure.
A group called “Izz ad-din Al qassam” has claimed responsibility on PasteBin, which is a forum commonly used by these types of groups, including Anonymous, to issue threats or brag about cyber attacks.
The group is claiming to be allied with Muslims and has claimed anger over American “Zionism” and a recent film mocking Islam. There is no way to confirm that this group is indeed Islamic or tied to the terrorist group Izz ad-din Al qassam.
The source believes the outage was related to the threats issued on PasteBin against Bank of America and said that while it could be “just a big coincidence” it’s “not likely.”