Bank Of America Locks Out Its Online Clients For Second Day In A Row

Tyler Durden's picture

No, this is not due to everyone pulling their money online at the same time. Uh uh. Not at all. Nosireebob. And no, those rumors that BofA will charge you $4.99 to access your account online are just that - rumors. At least for now.

Luckily, if you want to access your online account, you can. Oh wait, we meant to say you can't.

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Zaphod B.'s picture

1970's = gas lines

2011 = ATM lines and online lines

Next up, as expected, ATM withdrawal daily limit shrink to $5

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Not today.  Hit BOA ATM for $400.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

You shoulda put it under the PosturePedic in the first place. :-)

Bicycle Repairman's picture

What and lose .01% per annum interest?

fiddler_on_the_roof's picture

iphone App access is still available for BAC account.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

There is absolutely NOTHING FUNNY about this.

It's mean spirited to snicker at BOA account holders.

It's like laughing at someone getting a colonoscopy without anesthesia.

Temporalist's picture

Those BoA account holders should have closed their accounts 3 years ago.

Dirt Rat's picture

Indeed, lack of preparation on their part does not constitute an emergency on mine.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

When the avalanche wipes out the little village half way up the mountain, the people at the bottom of the mountain should not be saying to each other that the little village should not have been put there -- as the avalanche continues on its merry way.

Barnaby's picture

From the standpoint of a sysadmin, their site bankofamerica . com is up, but "selectively." On preview it's down semi-permanently again. Way, way TLRDR, but this is what seems to occur when it's back up:

Something deceptive happens after you land on their promo page. When you click "continue to Bankofamerica.com" over in the menu on the right, it says it's taking you to https ://www .bankofamerica. com, but it's really going to a strange "moving target" SSL server. My last attempt to log in to my California account appeared to htaccess hand my browser off to a honeypot server folder at a different IP.

Any TLS, but especially SSL is innately slower, and if run on a low-powered server, it can effectively throttle login requests back to oblivion. I have personally used this tactic to prevent an e-sale from killing the webstore's shopping server. Hand the request traffic to an SSL server somewhere over in Turkmenistan, and this bad boy's a 600MHz Pentium 3 running NT IIS off a ISDN in Ruslan's basement. Often, once the timeout threshold is reached, the SSL server shits the client's (your) browser out to "homepage temp. unavail." or whatever placeholder. And at least in IE 9, the client (you) gets a cookie that keeps sending you to https://notice.bankofamerica.com/content/enhanced-splash/html/home-splash-pagev2.html?bactoken=96190024099 until you do a full browser refresh on the root http not https site.

Just my 2 mercury dimes' worth.

VegasRage's picture

There are a multitude of possible reasons why BofA was sucking wind. Maybe their F5 load balancers were on the Fritz, perhaps their SAN lost a controller, ISP has issues, who knows. I'm just glad it wasn't my problem. :D

VegasRage's picture

As some who has worked in IT for a long time I can say this much, the IT department didn't have a change control rollback plan or they didn't have a good disaster recovery plan. 

FlyPaper's picture

I saw this over the weekend; cheerily clicked the "continue on to online banking" and paid bills.  Did the author actually do any research before the post?

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