Tesco Bank current accounts grind to a halt following weekend breach

A number of current accounts have been hacked over the weekend resulting in a freeze on transactions, warns Tesco Bank

Customers of Tesco Bank are being warned that their current accounts could have been hacked over the weekend resulting in money being withdrawn.
As a precaution, the Edinburgh-based bank has put a temporary stop to all current account transactions.
Benny Higgins, chief executive of Tesco Bank, said: “Tesco Bank can confirm that, over the weekend, some of its customers’ current accounts have been subject to online criminal activity, in some cases resulting in money being withdrawn fraudulently.

“We apologise for the worry and inconvenience that this has caused for customers, and can only stress that we are taking every step to protect our customers’ accounts. That is why, as a precautionary measure, we have taken the decision today to temporarily stop online transactions from current accounts.

“This will only affect current account customers. While online transactions will not be available, current account customers will still be able to use their cards for cash withdrawals, chip and pin payments, and all existing bill payments and direct debits will continue as normal.
“We are working hard to resume normal service on current accounts as soon as possible.

“We continue to work with the authorities and regulators to address the fraud and will keep our customers informed through regular updates on our website, twitter and direct communication.

“We can reassure customers that any financial loss as a result of this activity will be resolved fully by Tesco Bank, and we are working to refund accounts that have been subject to fraud as soon as possible.”

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