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HSBC online banking suffers major outage, blames DDoS attack

2016-01-30 02:45

HSBC has been battling an apparent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on its online banking system for the past few hours.

Many customers have been struggling to access HSBC online—via the bank's app or website—all morning.

HSBC blamed the outage on a DDoS attack, and attempted to spin the whole thing as a success story to mainstream news outlets. By way of example, witness this headline over at ITV News.

The bank's customers may see things a little differently, however, given the major disruption to the service on what will be one of the busiest days of the year for many people. Not only is the final Friday of the month payday for many folk in the UK, it's also the end of January—which is a big deal for any freelance bods currently filing their annual tax returns.

HSBC said in a statement:

HSBC internet banking came under a denial of service attack this morning, which affected personal banking websites in the UK.

HSBC has successfully defended against the attack, and customer transactions were not affected.
We are working hard to restore services, and normal service is now being resumed.

We apologise for any inconvenience this incident may have caused.

This is the second major outage to have affected HSBC this month.

This post originated on Ars Technica UK

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