Ally Financial Hit by Apparent Cyber Attack

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Following a series of recent denial of service attacks launched by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters in response to the YouTube video "Innocence of Muslims," Ally Financial today stated that it was monitoring "unusual activity."

"In a statement to CNET today, an Ally Financial spokeswoman confirmed that the company has witnessed some unusual activity across its site, but so far, no major issues have erupted," writes CNET News' Don Reisinger. "'Ally has seen some unusual traffic on our Web site, which we continue to monitor; however, we have not experienced the type of disruption that has been associated with the denial of service attacks,' the spokeswoman told CNET in an e-mailed statement. 'There has been no customer impact related to unusual activity and there is no indication of security concerns pertaining to customer information.'"

"Bank of America Corp, Wells Fargo & Co and other banks in recent weeks have suffered so-called denial of service attacks in which hackers use a high volume of incoming traffic to delay or disrupt customer websites," notes Reuters' Rick Rothacker. "Regional bank BB&T Corp and credit card issuer Capital One Financial Corp confirmed disruptions earlier this week."

"The latest reports from U.S. officials have indicated that the hackers have been supported by the Iranian government," writes DepositAccounts.com's Ken Tumin. "Iran may be retaliating against sanctions that have hit its economy."