Hackers stole Rs2.6m from the international operations on Saturday, but the amount was recovered and transferred back into the affected accounts. The banker said they are in consultations with the IT experts and are trying to identify weaknesses in the system.
“However, as a precautionary measure, all transactions routing through the international payment scheme have been stopped and will be restored once the bank is confident that all risks of unauthorised international transactions have been mitigated,” said a press release of Bank Islami issued on Monday. “We were intimated through an advisory of international payment scheme and detected some abnormal activities on transactions through debit cards,” a top official of BankIslami, told local media.
“We have checked almost all transactions after shutdown of international payments and we are sure that Rs2.6m was the final figure that we lost,” said the official. “We are still not aware from which country or place the hackers launched the attack to steal the money,” said the official. Initially, it was reported in media that it was carried out from Brazil.
Meanwhile, the State Bank directed banks to to ensure security of all payment cards and monitor their activity – especially those involving overseas transactions.
“Immediately coordinate with all payment schemes, switch operators and media service providers the banks are integrated with to identify any malicious activity of suspicious transactions,” said the SBP.
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26 May, 2019