Scam of the day – February 5, 2013 – Bank of America hacked

Bank of America’s online banking website crashed a couple of days ago due to the actions of hackers.   The crash left online customers unable to access their accounts.  A similar problem also has happened recently to online customers of BBVA Compass Bank.  The problems were resolved after a few hours, but they serve as a reminder of my warning for the past few months that foreign hackers are targeting American banks for a major hacking that I predict will occur within the next six months.

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Although the major banks that are most likely to be the targets are working on their security problem, the hacking into Bank of America is a good indication that they have not solved the problem and time is running out.  As a customer, you are at a distinct disadvantage.  The best thing you can do is to regularly monitor your account for fraudulent activity and to keep a regular paper update of the status of your account so that if computer records at the bank are damaged or your account is hacked, you will have a record of your account.  You may also want to consider putting some of your money in a small bank or credit union which are less likely to be the targets of sophisticated hackers.  Finally, it is a good idea to ask your bank what steps they are taking to protect the security of your accounts from hacking.