Bank Cyber Attacks Enter Fifth Week

Capital One, BB&T and HSBC among the banks hit this week.

Capital One Financial Corp., BB&T Corp. and HSBC Bank USA said they were hit by a new round of cyber attacks, marking the fifth week of sustained assault on some of the largest U.S. financial institutions.

The banks’ websites have been disrupted with so-called denial of service attacks, some of which originated in Iran and Russia, Carl Herberger, a vice president for the network security firm Radware Inc., said in a phone interview yesterday.

Bank Response

The attack on HSBC, the U.S. unit of London-based HSBC Holdings Plc, prevented customers from using online banking services while not affecting customer data, Neal McGarity, a bank spokesman in New York, said in an e-mail yesterday.

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