Another cyber attack scandal comes to lime light as several Pakistani bank’s data was stolen in recent cyber attack. According to report released by Pakistan Computer Emergency Response Team (PakCERT), almost 19,864 Pakistani bank accounts were put on sale on dark web while the data of 21 banks was hacked which contain credit cards, ATM cards, account number and passwords.
The report said, during mid-October, customers who subscribed to banking transaction notifications started receiving alerts of money transfer from their accounts. BankIslami noticed unusual transactions of Rs.2.6 million on the morning of 27th October and shut down its international payment scheme.
It added afterward numerous others bank issued security alerts and whichever completely blocked customer’s debit and credit cards or blocked their online and international use. Clients were sent SMS notifications of the changes.
The PakCERT report also added that the attack on 26th October 2018, a data dump was posted on DARKWEB with over 9,000 debit cards, most of which belonged to customers of Pakistani banks like BankIslami, HBL, Silk Bank, UBL, and MCB, but luckily National Bank of Pakistan is still safe from Cyber Attack. Even though BankIslami came in the limelight and initially the media reported the breach of a single bank but the dump showed a different story as it contained thousands of debit cards of some other banks in Pakistan.
The report clarified about what precisely happened that Hacked credit card data is available in two formats on Darknet. Text based credit card details like Full Name, Address, and Phone number, Card Number, Expiry and CVV2 which can be easily used by someone for illegal online purchases. The second format is skimmed dumps which means the hacker was physically.