Hackers attack Brazil’s largest state-run bank

SAO PAULO (AP) ? A group of Internet hackers says it has taken down the website of the Banco do Brasil, Brazil’s largest state-run bank. It’s the third such attack against financial institutions in a week.

The group that calls itself “Anonymous Brasil” says on Twitter Wednesday: “Attention sailors: Target hit! … BancodoBrasil is sinking. TANGO DOWN.”

Banco do Brasil says in a statement that its website was not down but was “slowed down” by a flood of traffic.” The Associated Press was unable to access the site.

On Monday, the group attacked the website of Itau Unibanco Banco Multiplo SA, Brazil’s largest private sector bank and one day later it the same against Banco Bradesco SA, the country’s second largest private bank.