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ATM Card Hack! 32 Lakh Debit Cards Affected – Change your PIN now

October 21, 2016
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As many as 32 lakh debit cards of customers of HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank, Axis Bank, and SBI have been affected by what is being called India’s biggest ATM card hack.

As reported by the Economic Times, the breach could have been caused by a malware that was introduced in the systems of Hitachi Payments Services, a provider of ATMs and Point of Sale (POS) services. Allegedly, hackers were able to steal the details of about 32 lakh debit cards that were used in the virus-infected systems.

What’s happening at the moment?

1. SBI

2. Several customers have reported about unauthorized transactions made by their cards in various locations in China.

3. Other banks such as Bank of Baroda, IDBI Bank, Central Bank, and Andhra Bank who have not been affected by the breach have replaced their debit cards as a precautionary measure.

4. ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, and Yes Bank have asked customers to change their ATM PIN.

5. Yes Bank has capped cash withdrawal to a maximum Rs 5,000 per day till the ATM PIN is changed.

6. Most banks are advising their customers to use their respective bank’s ATMs and not a third party one.

7. An inquiry has been ordered by the Payments Council of India to locate the origin of the breach in Indian bank servers and systems.

What should you do?

If you have received a message from your bank about getting a new debit card or change your ATM PIN, follow the instruction immediately. It is strongly recommended to change the PIN in any case, just to be on a safer side.

Also, follow these security practices for safer ATM banking

1. Change your ATM PIN once every 3-6 months.

2. Never share your bank details over emails, calls, or SMSs no matter how genuine the caller/sender may seem.

3. Alert your bank if you notice any unauthorized transactions in your account.

4. Use ATMs that are located in busy places. Avoid using those that are in remote or hidden locations such as those behind buildings, parking lots, and spots that are away from public view. For obvious reasons, such ATMs are usually targetted by cybercriminals.

5. If you are using an ATM for the first time, check for ATM skimmers (fake parts that steal card details) before putting in your debit/credit card. While a visual inspection may not be helpful, you can always do a physical inspection by trying to tug, push or pull parts like the card reader, keypad, the cash dispenser, the lining of the screen, etc. ATMs generally don’t have parts that are badly constructed, are loose and oddly fashioned.

Also read: What Banks Are Saying About this Data Breach

Share this post with your friends and peers so that they can also take the necessary precaution against this incident.

 

Sources:

• http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/54945561.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaig
• http://indiatoday.intoday.in/technology/story/32-lakh-atm-cards-hacked-is-your-debit-card-safe-should-you-change-pin-everything-you-need-to-know/1/791424.html
• http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/sbi-recalls-600-000-debit-cards-as-questions-linger-about-after-effects/story-FG865Dcz1ulAOYEdFTTxnI.html

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  1. When cell phones have come up with the finger print sensors, wouldn’t the same technology be good for the Debit and Credit cards too? Totally eliminating the need to remember passwords, which needs to be changed every now and then, how many passwords can one go on changing and remembering or noting down? So I feel finger prints or iris scan is the answer to the passwords hacking issue.

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  2. Thanks for help full information, can the details of cards saved on e-wallets (paytm, freecharge, mobikwik etc.) are also unsafe for us.

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  3. Ashith B. AcharyaOctober 26, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Great article with a lot of info I’m certainly going to use! Keep it up.

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  4. amrit gurungOctober 26, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Prercaution is better than cure.
    Thanks for information.

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  5. Ram AmarnaniOctober 26, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    When I wanted to change my pin online, four options were asked but there was not option “changing pin for security purpose” so I could not do this. I have suggested the HDFC ban to put this option so that people can change the pin for security purpose also.

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  6. Sanjay ThakkarOctober 26, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    I Agreed With You

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  7. Help ful messages..
    Yes …. Ya ya …

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  8. very essential and needful blog.

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  9. Thanks for the advice , it is really necessary to follow the instructions . I will do it .

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  10. Good antivirus

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  11. Amit DatekarOctober 28, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Thanks for the post, Rajiv.

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  12. rajeev mishraOctober 28, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Sir, Inspite of hoping the customers to check the ATM parts, why don’t bank officials and security guards at ATM are asked to inspect the ATM parts every morning and evening. Moreover if the ATM parts are being changed by some hackers, its not a matter of seconds or minutes. Definitely there is some breach in the officials of the respected banks.

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  13. Sartaj purtyOctober 29, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    My ATM card has been blocked and I am worried. What to do??

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  14. ruikar bhujang govindraoOctober 29, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    this msg is very useful

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  15. Yes I am secure my ATM pin card

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  16. Shailendra MishraOctober 31, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Thanks for news

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  17. pankaj kumar mauryaNovember 1, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    This fraud is biggest fraud n mindfull fraud .

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  18. this information will help a lot in checking the ATM safely and keep our money safe.

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  19. Prabhat SinghNovember 2, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    It is useful

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  20. Thank you

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  21. I think that usage of ATM / Cards are associated with savings accounts and shopping only. So, minimizing balance left in savings account can also be suggested unless hackers have access to term deposits and net banking, e-commerce too.
    Is that impossible for banks to restrict ATM / card based usage only within customer’s own city at least for some time present ?

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    • Thomas abrahamDecember 24, 2016 at 7:58 PM

      It’s not only savings bank accounts but even ur current account and credit card thats prone to fraud. . I’m a axis bank account holder and in the last 10 days someone has successfully managed to change my registered phone no in all my accounts. . Fortunately I got sms messages from the bank and could change it back. … This means someone has all my details as it’s not easy to change a customers phone no unless the guy trying to has all the details that the customer care person needs before that change is done.
      So please be careful in todays times. .. you may see all your money just dissapearing due to some fraud and the bank won’t take responsibility for the same

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  22. this is working success full

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  23. Guardian not actveshen pleces help

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  24. Pls I forgot my ATM card pin,so pls can you help me out,to hack it and get a new pin pls

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