UNC Charlotte holds tech expert meeting after Capital One attack

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - On Wednesday, UNC Charlotte held a gathering of tech experts from across the globe talking about the latest in cyber security. The experts said that right now your money is safe, but that it might not always be.

Tuesday, cyberterrorists launched a denial of service attack on Capital One, using other people's computers to bombard and crash the Capital One website. Experts say these terrorists' attacks are getting bolder and bigger.

"They have been 20 times the size of what we have ever seen in the industry," said James Manico from White Hat Security.

Dr. Bill Chu said it's more likely people will fall victim to scam emails than an online terrorist attack. Still, he recommends having a dedicated computer at home just for banking and personal information.

The terrorists can do damage in the form of chaos, confusion and disruption. While banks hire experts to protect accounts, individuals need to be alert as well.

The same group that attacked Capital One said it would attack Suntrust Bank on Wednesday and Regions Financial on Friday.

Roughly 15 minutes ago a Suntrust spokesperson told Channel 9 that they had increased online traffic today and intermittent service availability of some online functions.

They would not classify it as a cyber attack.