International bank HSBC said that its operations in Turkey had been hacked and the personal data of some 2.7 million customers’ credit cards had been compromised, while emphasizing that there is no financial risk for the clients.
HSBC Turkey identified the attack last week through its internal controls.
“We would like to inform you that HSBC recently identified and stopped a cyber-attack on our credit card and debit card systems in Turkey,” the statement said. “On identifying the incident, we took immediate action to safeguard our customers.
We have launched an ongoing investigation in cooperation with the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency of Turkey and other relevant authorities. All card operations of HSBC Turkey are now functioning normally.”
“As soon as we could, we established the facts and safeguarded the interests of our customers. We apologize to our customers for this incident,” the statement read. “We are using the strength of HSBC Group’s global network to address this incident, and we have implemented enhanced security measures to improve the security of our information systems and card transactions,” it added. The bank has nearly 3 million customers in Turkey with 330 branches, according to its website.