Friday, August 2, 2013 – Major web hosting company Bluehost has suffered a global network outage, affecting thousands of websites and customers worldwide.
If you bank with anyone larger than a local credit union, it’s likely your bank’s website has been attacked within the past few months as recent denial-of-service cyber attacks have increased in both frequency and severity. An April 2013 NBC News report found that in the six weeks prior, 15 of the nation’s largest banks were offline for a total of 249 hours due to denial of service cyber attacks.
April 23, 2013, 4:59 PM CST – Charles Schwab Website Down. At this time, Dotcom-Monitor is tracking a Schwab downtime issue. As of 4:49 PM CST the errors include very long load times from most worldwide monitoring locations, including: Minnesota, New York, London, California, Hong Kong, Montreal, Frankfurt, Colorado, Sydney, Texas, Amsterdam, Tel-Aviv, Amazon East Cloud, Shanghai, Buenos Aries, Amazon Cloud-Japan, and South Africa.
Dotcom-Monitor is tracking a Wells Fargo down website based on a consistent failure to connect host issues that began at approximately April 4, 12 PM CST. Dotcom-Monitor has been tracking a history of banking website outages for several months and has provided analysis of banking outages for the financial industry for issues involving recent PNC bank outages, U.S. Bancorp outages, and a previous Wells Fargo outages.
Despite efforts to avoid bank website outages they have occurred on a very broad scale in 2012 are likely to continue to occur. Therefore, it is the banks that most effectively respond to website downtime issues that have a market advantage in avoiding the loss of bank website users.