*ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has been hit with one of the worst cyber attack of its history.*
*As per the media report, Pakistan’s banking system has been hit by the ‘biggest cyber attack in country’s history’.*
Data from 19,864 cards belonging to customers of 22 Pakistani banks has been put on sale on the dark web, according to an analysis by Pakistan’s Computer Emergency Response Team, PakCERT.
It all started in mid-October when some customers of Bank Islami received text messages, alerting them of transactions (withdrawal of money), which they didn’t do. Noticing the abnormal transactions of Rs.2.6 million, Bank Islami blocked its international payment scheme on October 27.
It was a coordinated cyber attack in which the payment network of Bank Islami and the international payment scheme was compromised. Hackers made these transactions on international ATMs using cards issued by the bank.