Bank of Oklahoma seeks to assure Internet customers

Monday, September 25th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Bank of Oklahoma says the security of its Internet banking customers' accounts is intact.

Vice Chairman V. Burns Hargis says the bank's Internet customers don't need to worry about their money. Hargis was responding to an Internet report over the weekend that said a European software analyst was able to access banking information of Bank of Oklahoma's customers.

Hargis says a firm hired to set up the bank's Internet banking was doing maintenance on the system when a file portal was left open. Hargis says he's been assured the problem has been fixed.

Another bank official says the file left open didn't allow access to customers' account data. Senior Vice President Vane Lucas says the file contained an internal test used to monitor checking accounts. He says other security measures prevented access to more information.