Local bank website hacked

Posted at 7:27 PM, Apr 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-23 20:01:53-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) --The work of a hacker was displayed on the Bank of Virginia's website homepage.

Daniel Grech and his wife use online banking all the time. Almost every one of their bills is paid through the web.  But the couple had a security scare last night that left them wondering into the day if their info was safe.

"Who knew what they could get to…so that was pretty scary," said bank customer Daniel Grech.

Last night, around six in the evening, Grech went to the Bank of Virginia's website to check their account balance.

"I had it book marked and I went there and an unusual website popped up," said Grech.

What should have been the bank’s homepage was in fact a screen showing a Kurdish flag, along some Arabic writing and text indicating the site had been hacked.

"So that was pretty alarming," said Grech

High level bank officials said that once they found out about the problem, they had the posting removed within 9 minutes.

The bank executive said that they believe it was the work of an automated hacking tool that simply swapped their home page with the image that Grech saw. Management contends it was purely superficial and at no time were customer accounts at risk, putting some worries at ease.

"Not just because of the funds we have in there but they also have important information, social security numbers and what have you so we were concerned about that," said Grech.

The bank said they regret the scare for their customers and are currently looking in to how the tool worked its way into the system.

"Apparently just this initial screen when you go there is what was hacked...but I didn't know how far it went," said Grech.