Email accounts hacked, leading to ‘unauthorised transactions’, Hong Kong’s biggest bank HSBC says

‘Very small number’ affected by compromise of e-payment app PayMe, as police and Monetary Authority investigate


A number of HSBC’s PayMe app users had their e-wallets compromised after hackers targeted private email accounts, Hong Kong’s biggest bank said on Thursday.


HSBC said they were notified of the email accounts being hacked into, which led to unauthorised access of a “very small number” accounts of its e-payment app PayMe.


The bank stressed that PayMe was still secure and “has not suffered any breaches”.

An HSBC spokesman said about 20 accounts had been “potentially impacted” and that the total amount of money involved was “less than HK$100,000 (US$12,700)”.

“We have taken immediate action to block the threat and contacted the affected customers, who will be compensated for the authorised transactions,” the bank said in a statement.


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PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 November, 2018, 12:06am

UPDATED : Friday, 09 November, 2018, 3:16am

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