Prosperity Bank goes on alert for online hackers, but no problems reported

Identity Theft Prevention and Tips

Phone/mail/email

• Don't give out personal information unless you've initiated contact or are sure you know whom you're dealing with.

• Before you share any information, confirm that you are dealing with a legitimate organization.

On your computer

• Install virus protection software, patches for your operating system.

• Do not open files sent to you by strangers or click on hyperlinks or download programs from people you don't know.

• Use a firewall program to stop uninvited access to your computer.

Use a secure browser

Try not to store financial information on your laptop unless absolutely necessary.

Source: Victoria police Crime Prevention Unit

Prosperity Bank users have no reason to worry about their online information.

An email was sent out to users of the website Wednesday to warn them about an anticipated online attack Thursday, said John Zacek, South Texas president of Prosperity Bank.

"It was sent to all online users since this is a hacking attempt," he said.

The attempt, Zacek said, was part of the Tunisian Hackers' "Week of Horror." He also said other financial institutions were included in the threat but were unable to identify the banks or whether they were in the Crossroads.

According to the email, the attack was intended to "disrupt banking operations" by flooding the front-end website with emails while drawing the attention of the security away from potential phishing attempts.

"We have not experienced any problems," Zacek said Thursday afternoon.

Although no problems were reported, he said, the company will continue to monitor its website for suspicious activity.

"Today or any other day, we've got our information security in place to watch for these things," he said. "To me, even interrupted service is something we don't want to have happen."