The banking arm of Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco was attacked by hackers over the weekend on 40,000 customer’s accounts. And that’s not all, nearly 20,000 Tesco Bank customers have had money stolen from their accounts.
The bank confirmed that of its 136,000 current account holders, 40,000 had seen suspicious transactions over the weekend, while money had been fraudulently withdrawn from around 20,000 accounts. The bank has neither provided any details about how it got hacked. However the bank’s chief executive Benny Higgins gave assurances that the bank will compensate its clients for all losses.
The bank has temporarily frozen online transactions as part of emergency security measures. “We apologise for the worry and inconvenience that this has caused for customers, and can only stress that we are taking every step to protect our customers’ accounts”, Benny said in a statement.
No further details like who were the hackers who attacked and stole the money plus how they were able to perform this attack successfully is still not know.