Pakistani banks' payment card data snagged in cyberattack

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Customer card data from nearly all of Pakistan's major banks has been stolen in a cyberattack, according to a Federal Investigation Agency official in Pakistan.

The attack comes on the heels of another incident last week in which at least 2.6 million rupees ($39,000 U.S.) were stolen from Bank Islami accounts.

FIA director Mohammad Shoaib spoke to Pakistani media outlets Tuesday about the breach, after the cybersecurity firm Group-IB warned that a dump of Pakistani credit and debit card details had been appearing on the dark Web, according to a report in Geo News.

Six banks have suspended the use of their debit cards outside of Pakistan, the report said.

"More than 100 cases have been registered with the FIA and are under investigation," Shoaib said. "We have made several arrests in the case, including that of an international gang."

If a bank’s security infrastructure is weak, "then the bank is to be held responsible for any breach," Shoaib added.

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