Today the Bank of America reportedly experienced slowdowns based on distributed denial of service, or DDoS attacks.

The hactivist group Anonymous, Tweeting as Anony_Ops, announced the attack with the hashtag #OperationBOA.

The outages were described as "sporadic" and what harm was done seems minimal but down, at times, they definitely were.

Bank of America was targeted by Anonymous because it joined other financial companies PayPal, Mastercard and Visa, in refusing to work with Wikileaks.

Discussion has been intense on whether this sort of limited interference constitutes non-violent civil disobedience or whether unwillingness to stand up and be counted disqualifies the actors from membership in such a group.

Other sources: The Street