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Debit cards blocked in UAE after 'ATM hack'

Central bank orders debit cards blocked for several banks after single ATM is apparently compromised

Debit cards blocked in UAE after 'ATM hack'
The Central Bank asked issuers to block cards which had been used in a compromised ATM.

The UAE Central Bank has blocked the use of a "significant number" of debit cards following an apparent ATM hack, Gulf News reported.

The Central Bank instructed several bank issuers of debit cards to block the cards after the a single Automated Teller Machine was compromised.

Emirates NBD confirmed that it had been instructed to block the usage of 69 debit cards, which had been used in the ATM of another bank. The customers had been told to replace their cards.

"We wish to clarify that the exercise carried out by Emirates NBD on August 26, is also in keeping with this bank's commitment towards providing a secure and safe banking experience for its customers. Customer safety and security are considered highest priority for Emirates NBD, and the bank continues to implement security measures to safeguard against all forms of unauthorised banking transactions," Emirates NBD spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

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