Data from most Pakistani banks has been hacked. The disclosure comes after 10 banks blocked all international transactions on their cards, following concerns raised about a breach of credit and debit card data.
“According to a recent report we have received, data from almost all Pakistani banks has been reportedly hacked,” the Director of the Cybercrime wing of the Federal Investigation Agency announced.
Data of over 8,000 account holders at about 10 Pakistani banks was sold in a market of hackers. The first of the cyber attacks on a Pakistani bank was reported by BankIslami on October 27.
The bank said that 2.6 million rupees were stolen from international payment cards after which it has stopped such transactions and allowed biometrically verified payments only on ATM cards within Pakistan.
The following day, the central bank (SBP) issued directives to all banks to ensure that security measures on all information technology systems are secured.