Director of FIA Cyber-Crimes wing Captain (retd) Mohammad Shoaib on Tuesday (Nov 6) told local media that that customers’ data from several major Pakistani banks was stolen in a recent security breach. “More or less, data from several banks was stolen” in last week’s cyber-attack on the Pakistani banking system”.
“More than 100 cases [of cyber-attack] have been registered with the FIA and are under investigation. We have made several arrests in the case, including that of an international gang [last month],” Capt (retd) Shoaib said. He further point out that banks are responsible to secure their clients’ data. He also revealed that that a group of hackers was recently arrested.
Earlier state bank had directed the Banks to ensure security of their clients’ data and temporarily suspended the use of the bank’s cards for overseas transactions after cyber attack on Bank Islami Pakistan.
“As a result of security breach of payment cards of one of the banks in Pakistan yesterday and their unauthorized use on different delivery channels i.e. at ATMs and POS in different countries, the bank has temporarily restricted usage of its cards for overseas transactions,” the central bank said in a statement.
“The State Bank has instructed the bank to take all necessary measures to trace the vulnerability and fix it immediately. The affected bank has also been instructed to issue advisory on precautionary measures to be taken by customers,” it added.
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22 August, 2019