IRS Rebate Checks Crash Major Banks?

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IRS Rebate Checks Crash Major Banks?

Today, I was downloading my financial information from various banks and credit cards and had difficulty loggiing on or downloading information from several of them. On Citibank's website I was able to logon, but couldn't successfully download the Quicken Web Connect file containing my 'recent activity'. This has never happened to me in the 8 years I've used Quicken with Citibank. About 15 minutes later I tried again and it worked.

However, I then logged onto Bank of America where I have a few accounts. I was able to logon, but when I try and view detailed account info, I get this web server error:

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Yeah, just what I want to see. My bank running a web server that "encountered an internal error or misconfiguration". Yeah, I know this is a generic error message, but still, banks of all websites should have 100% uptime with no errors.

So anyway, I then try my other Bank of America account and same error as above. Frustrated, I head on over to Discover to download it's account info to Quicken. This website wouldn't even let me logon! Now what in blazes is going on here? This is THREE major financial instutions that I'm having trouble with ALL ON THE SAME DAY. That's when it hit me. Today, the IRS is wiring out the tax rebates to millions of Americans (early I might add). My guess is that the government's computers are overwhelming the banking network or the bank's computers. Gee isn't that special? Hope my tax rebate doesn't get lost in the digital ether.

Anyone else experiencing issues? Let me know.

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