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[ISN] Anonymous Says It Knocked Citigroup Sites Offline
By NICOLE PERLROTH
Bits The New York Times
February 3, 2012
Hackers claiming to be members of the loose hacking collective Anonymous
took credit for knocking the Citigroup and Citibank Web sites offline on
Friday. At times the sites were only sporadically available, and some
attempts to log into banking accounts were met with an error message.
Andrew Brent, a Citigroup spokesman, confirmed that Citigroupâs consumer
site had experienced a temporary outage but said that Citigroup had been
able to restore Web site operations within one hour and was continuing
to monitor its systems.
âAt no point were there data integrity issues or compromise of client
account information,â Mr. Brent said in an interview. âWe apologize for
This was part of a string of attacks this week by hackers who call
themselves Anonymous Brasil. In posts on Twitter, the hackers said their
attacks were intended to fight corruption. By Friday, they had at
various times taken down the Web sites of Banco BMG, Banco Bradesco,
Banco de Brasil, Banco Panamericano, Citigroup, HSBC Holdings, Itau
Unibanco Banco Multiplo and Febraban, Brazilâs banking federation.
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