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A virus infection in Hitachi Payments Services led to more than 32 lakh debit cards in India being compromised. Hitachi is the major company in India to operate ATMs, the debit cards used in these machines are suspected to have exposed the details to the malware. Is your debit card safe?

3.2 Million Debit Card Details Stolen

The breach was occurred a month ago, and more than 2.6 million Visa/Mastercard cards and 600,000 RuPay cards are affected. Most of the affected cards are issued by State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank and Axis Bank. The State Bank of India and its subsidiaries has already blocked more than 6.5 lakh and the process to replace them have begun.

NPCI Managing Director AP Hota said: “We have received complaints from banks about debit cards being used in China which aroused suspicion.”

“Card network companies NPCI, MasterCard and Visa had informed various banks about a potential risk to some cards owing to a data breach. Accordingly, we have taken precautionary measures and have blocked cards of certain customers identified by the networks,” SBI in a statement said.

How to keep your financial data from being stolen?

Most banks have issued these advisories to customers:

  • Change your card PIN
  • Do not your use other banks’ ATMs
  • Do not share your PIN, keep it a secret
  • Do not give your debit card PIN to anyone over the phone

If you got an email or message from the bank saying your card is affected, immediately replace your card.

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