Data breach affects 2.7 million HSBC Turkey cardholders

Following last month’s cyber attack on JPMorgan Chase, HSBC Turkey confirmed that it has suffered a data breach that compromised the personal information of 2.7 million account holders. The attack was limited to Turkey and the bank is confident that there is no financial risk to its customers, nor any evidence of fraud resulting from the data loss – yet.

HSBC, Europe’s biggest lender, states:

“On identifying the incident, we took immediate action to safeguard our customers. We launched an investigation that is ongoing in cooperation with the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency of Turkey (BRSA) and other relevant authorities. All card operations of HSBC Turkey are functioning normally.

“Information compromised consisted of card and linked account numbers, card expiry dates and card holder names of customers. There is no evidence that any of our customers’ other financial information or personal information was compromised. There is no financial risk to our customers and there has been no evidence of any fraud or other suspicious activity arising from this incident. Our customers may continue to perform all banking transactions with HSBC as usual.”

HSBC has issued a set of FAQs to reassure its customers, and says that customers need not take action.

More details will doubtless follow.

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