U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said today that representatives of PNC Financial Services Group had reached out to him for help in getting the federal government to take action to stop cyber attacks against its websites.
During an interview at the Erie Times-News, Toomey said he planned to address the issue directly when he returns to Washington, D.C. next week.
“I believe part of this is a national security issue,” he said.
PNC and several other banks have been the targeted in recent months with denial-of-service attacks that have slowed its website and prevented some customers from accessing their accounts. The most recent occurred two weeks ago. The attacks work by flooding websites with communications requests. U.S. Defense Department officials.
PNC spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday that so far the attacks, which have been a major inconvenience for some customers, have not compromised any financial data.
“Most of our customers have not experienced any access issues,” Zwiebel said Wednesday. “For those who are, we are working with them individually to help them through it.”