"As Part Of Our Ongoing Effort To Protect Bank Of America, Zero Hedge Is Blocked"

Tyler Durden's picture

We couldn't have said it better: "Bank of America blocks users from accessing websites that present certain risks to the bank."

Let's see, maybe this will get Zero Hedge unblocked: "Just buy BAC stock. Others are doing it, so you must do it too. And if you buy in the next 5 minutes, you will get one free share for every share purchased!"

... Well, maybe not. 

Does this also mean we are not in contention for the Andrew Ross Sorkin Wall Street-sponsored website of the year award either?... Perhaps we should shelve those Pulitzer dreams too.

Oh well. At least the National Financial Enquirer and other various financial tabloids are still fully accessible at the bank that is best known for the worst M&A transaction of all time - Countrywide Financial. And that whole double bailout thing of course, first of Merrill, and then of Bank of America proper.

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Bindar Dundat's picture

You never take any flak unless your over the target !

-- WW2 bomber pilots and ZH

3ringmike's picture

I feel so smart being here! Thanks ZH!

The Alarmist's picture

Your BAC-internal readers no longer need the solace of the ZH BAC deathwatch, no doubt after Meredith Whitney spent the late morning blowing them kisses on CNBC.  Wonder if BAC employees still get DealBreaker.

Careless Whisper's picture

Due to the conduct of those assholes at Bank America/Countrywide Pawn Shops, and in defense of ZH, I present to all of you a Powerpoint presentation entered in to evidence in NY State Supreme Court last week, in the case of MBIA v Countrywide Pawn Shops currently known as B of A. I draw everyone's attention to page 102, labelled "Contract Standard v Countrywide Standard", which explains rather simply that the only way B of A would buy back a fraudulent mortgage (almost all of Countrywide's were, according to statistical analysis) was if it met the "Red-Faced" standard, meaning B of A had to be so embarrassed and red-faced, they would re-purchase the mortgage; and it's not easy to embarass B of A.



(page 99 show internal documents defining Countrywide's "Red-Faced" standard)

Freddie's picture

Bank America is mad because we all think they are a scam/scum bank and we do not like their evil old F*** Warner Buffert.

tom a taxpayer's picture

Careless Whisper - Thanks for a peek into the belly of the BAC beast.

Actually, it is more than a peek. It is an full-blown expose of Countrywide/BAC.

Careless Whisper's picture

If the evidence is correct, the mortgages were total fraud - start to finish. My personal favorite, of all the scams, is what Countrywide did with the FICO scores.  The lower the FICO score, the higher the interest rate the borrower paid, but, the higher the score the higher the price when the securitized mortgage is sold. The evidence shows that Countrywide simply lied about all the FICO scores and indicated they were higher than they really were. (Who really put the LIE in Liars Loans?) In the example cited, the borrower supposedly had a score of 722 (as represented to MBIA and the buyer of the mortgage), but when the file was examined, the real score was 688. MBIA sampled numerous files and every single one of them had an incorrect FICO score. Isn't it really pathetic that B of A/Countrywide parade around as a ligitimate business?


kaiserhoff's picture

There you go again, Tyler.  Too damn much truthiness.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

So somehow you're surprised now, are you mister? Just what did you expect? If you insist on disseminating half-truths and innuendos about the very backbone of our financial institutions then you're getting just what you deserve, buddy. I hope this is a valuable lesson, not only to you but to those other muckrakers out there discussing things that are none of their business. A pox on you all, that's what I say.


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/sarc off




Sorry man, I just couldn't resist. :-)

If that isn't proof you're doing exactly the right thing, I don't know what is. Keep it up. I'll venture this is only the beginning of the censorship. Party on, Wayne!

vast-dom's picture

FU BAC. Laundering drug cartel money is allowed tho.

Seer's picture

And here is likely where their business will pick up, seeing as HSBC got a rap on the knuckles (and will likely be backing off from this business for a bit until the heat on them dies down).

Whalley World's picture

A couple of years ago, my company set zerohedge as a spam site and was blocked.  I am in finance and called the tech deparment and asked how the hell am I supposed to sell if the only info I can access is Bullshit!!!

One day later, zerohedge up and running.  Best site hands down for anyone who cares about the truth.

Karlus's picture

BofA, like many companies, buys its blocklist from a third party. Some of the hate speech seen here no doubt attracted the block.

I know the narritive here is "lol BAC can't handle the trooth" or "the banksters are trying to shut us down and take er jerbs" the reality is that BAC corporate (IT and Info Security) most likely have no idea this site exists.

That is all, carry on with the narritive please

kridkrid's picture

Come on. Every website that allows user commens ends up with "hate speech".

Karlus's picture

Yeah, i guess you are right.

Let me try: "Loool, over-herd Brian Moynihan cursing Tyler @ Zerohedge and that he would get even. Loool"

Global Hunter's picture

You are giving us cat lovers a bad name.  The Lion of Judah is righteous, and sits back comfortably from afar as Babylon burns down.

Teamtc321's picture

Nice bald pussy pic.

That is all, carry on with you spewing please.


Zone1's picture

ZH got blocked at ADM today also.  My guess is that BAC and ADM use the same firewall system, and it pushed an update today to block ZH.  This was worse news than a WARN letter for some of us today.

Freddie's picture

ADM? LOL! It was a stretch trying come up with a scummier klepto crony capitalist bunch of criminals than BAC but ADM fits the bill.  

They are in that O hell hole with bankrupt pensions of Illinois.  Proving corn syrup, diabetes and politicial corruption to the world.

Mesquite's picture

My soloution was to just bring my own laptop....Simple..


Umh's picture

Maybe if you take your own air card/ hotspot...

zerozulu's picture

Finally BAC realized that their employees are going "Postal" soon.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

There's nothing wrong with exercising control over private property and reducing nonproductive activities in the workplace. Glad I'm self employed.

nmewn's picture

They blocked MillionDollarBonus?

Whats the world coming to, they can't run a decent boiler room operation without giving him access!

The Alarmist's picture

I actually think MDB might be one of their assets, and they ended up blocking ZH when they realised from all the flames that his commentary was landing with no effect.

nmewn's picture

I think the possiblilty is there...but it was hard to tell sometimes because he was so over the top, it came off as satire.

I suppose that's what they get for offshoring their propaganda wing...he get's the delivery of his jingoism right but the body of the text is pure despotism...lol.

DaveyJones's picture

Bank Of America bans Hedge. They're two words away from their goal

X.inf.capt's picture

mdb did have a good satire gig going... but nothing compared to harry wanger...

UGrev's picture

I agree that it is well within their rights to do so, but the fact is that they are using this right to hide behind. Still valid, but  it's obvious why. Thank Scientists for mobile tech!. 

Imminent Crucible's picture

"nothing wrong with reducing nonproductive activities in the workplace"

I won't disagree, but browsing ZH is probably the most productive thing any of those BAC employees do all day. The rest of their time is spent forging documents to steal houses, sending out foreclosure notices on mortgages where they don't hold the note, and making 84-month car loans to people with a 520 FICO score.

MiltonFriedmansNightmare's picture

You consider BAC private property? Funny, I was under the impression that it was owned by the taxpayers.

The Gooch's picture

I do notice my hard drive going into convulsions...


CPL's picture

Stop using google and use duckduckgo.com?

The Gooch's picture


I had that for dinner last night!

Edit: Think I'll start a blog. DuckDuckGooch.com

Michaelwiseguy's picture

I predominantly use Startpage.com now.

toxic8's picture

thanks Mike. Just made it default on FF.

vast-dom's picture

or use google with VPN proxy.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

Wild guess:  BAC bathroom stalls full of employees checking ZH on their smartphones.  


Michaelwiseguy's picture

+1,000 Sometimes the obvious is difficult to see.

Freddie's picture

In between the toe tapping with their mega boss Warner Buffet.

BAC, The JP Morgue (Chase-Rockefeller), Wells, GS et al - all scum banks. 

Unprepared's picture

If they are anything like me, some bank employees have a permanent zerohedge.com tab on their browsers with the [home] and [F5] are heavily used.


Luckily, for now, my bank only blocks facebook and other social networking sites.

spastic_colon's picture

what's next, market kill switches?!  .....never happen right / sarc

ToNYC's picture

Corporates fill their 21st Century plantations with debt-slaves eager to prove their worth fighting for one job with nine waiting. When some of them wake up, we'll be OK.

CPL's picture

Until one of the bosses need to check.


I've played that game too often on client sites.  Block it because of bad press, it's back up the next week because the bigger boss reads the site and relies on their system to provide them the information.

Pilots hate flying blind.

Shizzmoney's picture

Right, that looks generic to me (although it would be funny if it said "ZEROHEDGE site banned for 'gold, bitchez'.").

But tumblr is another site that gets the autoban, as well as even magazine aimed at middle aged folk like Rolling Stone and Esquire. 

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

"Kickin' ass, takin' names."

I down-arrowed you 'cause you got it backwards (like so many others). It's cause-effect not effect-cause. How do you know whose ass to kick unless you "take names" first?

ForTheWorld's picture

Sometimes, you don't need to know a womans name to sleep with her. You can find that out in the morning.

Intoxicologist's picture

Shoot first and ask questions later?

agNau's picture

* Nothing to see here, move along!