News that Nepal banking system has been ‘hacked’ since Wednesday has caused panic. Mentioning the names of 16 banks, the entire banking sector has become panic stricken after a message was spread warning that the system was ‘compromised’ and that it was the biggest hack in South Asia.
In the screenshot of the message, Nepal Rastra Bank spokesperson Dev Kumar Dhakal and co-spokesperson and information officer Narayan Prasad Pokhrel along with Navil Bank CEO Anil Keshari Shah seem to have been sent an email. However, in a conversation with Tekpana, Pokhrel said that they have not received such emails yet.
“We have not received any such emails officially yet,” he said. “If we had sent the emails as seen in the message, we would have traced them by now.”
“It looks like an attempt to terrorize the people by spreading rumors of hacking,” said Pokharel. He said that the system has been hacked.
However, he said that no such suspicious activity was found in the banking system during the check. “It simply came to our notice then. It was just a stunt,” he said. “All our systems are still intact. However, we have been investigating since this morning to find the perpetrator of this kind of terror.
The viral message claims that the systems of Nepal Rastra Bank, Kumari Bank, Nepal Bank, Navil Bank, Rastriya Banijya Bank and Machhapuchhre Bank have been hacked. The names of NMB Bank, NIC Asia Bank, Bank of Kathmandu, Citizens Bank, Sanima Bank, SBI Bank, Everest Bank, Nepal Investment Bank and Himalayan Bank also appear in the message.
All bank branches have been warned to be closed for 48 hours from Thursday to prevent major losses. Otherwise, MICR and ECR systems and other online and offline transactions have been threatened to be ‘compromised’ within 24 hours. Not only this, they have also been asked not to make jokes by considering emails as a subject of rumors.