TEHRAN: A computer specialist, who used to work for a PSP (payment service provider) company, has hacked accounts of three million bank customers to show the vulnerability of the banks to computer security threats.
PSP offers a number of Iranian banks online services for accepting electornic payments.
According to the Mehr News Agency, the hacker had provided the managing directors of the targeted banks with information about the bank accounts of 1,000 customers in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended on March 19) to warn them about the susceptibility of their computer systems and networks to cyber threats.
The Central Bank of Iran issued a statement on Sunday advising the bank customers to change the passwords of their bank cards to prevent possible credit card fraud.
An official at the Central Bank of Iran told Iranian news agency IRNA that no one has illegally accessed people’s bank accounts.
"It is possible that certain individuals have some information… but they cannot use this information until the bank cards are not in their possession," Nasser Hakimi said.