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State Bank of India shuts down website after hackers break in

"The State Bank of India, the country’s largest bank, has had to shut down its corporate website after overseas hackers tried to break in.

While the bank said that transactions took place through www.onlinesbi.com, a senior SBI source said that the transactions were slow as the entire system was under watch.

The country’s largest bank decided to shut down its corporate website www.sbi.co.in on Wednesday evening when hackers blocked some of the pages. The bank also noticed unusually high traffic on its website on Wednesday.

Subsequently, the website was blocked with a ‘service unavailable’ or ‘our site is under maintenance’ pasted on www.sbi.co.in.

“We have informed the Reserve Bank of India and the cyber cell of the Mumbai Police, which are looking into the issue,” said a senior bank executive. The police and SBI suspect that the hackers are based overseas.

A Mumbai Police officer said that the cyber cell was investigating the complaint but did not share details: “It is big and the implications may be large.”

SBI sources, on their part, said that no evidence has been found of loss of data or consumers getting affected. “We suspect that the hackers wanted some information from the website and disrupt the whole system,” an executive, who did not wish to be named, said."

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=344523


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