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Qatar National Bank investigates possible data leak

Customer records containing passwords, account numbers, and credit card information were uploaded to a file-sharing website, according to media reports in Qatar

Qatar National Bank investigates possible data leak

Qatar National Bank (QNB) has launched an investigation into a possible major data breach at the bank.

Files from QNB, reported to contain thousands of customers’ records, were allegedly uploaded to a file-sharing website, before being later removed.

The files, which totalled 1.4GB of data, included passwords, account numbers, and credit card information, according to media reports in Qatar.

QNB, in a statement on its website, said it was currently investigating the alleged data breach.

“QNB Group places the highest priority on data security and deploying the strongest measures possible to ensure the integrity of our customers' information,” the bank said.

“QNB is further investigating this matter in coordination with all concerned parties.”

Gulf Arab region's largest bank assured customers that there would be no financial impact for the bank or its clients.

“Referring to social media speculation in regard to an alleged data breach, it is QNB Group policy not to comment on reports circulated via social media. QNB would like to take this opportunity to assure all concerned that there is no financial impact on our clients or the bank,” the QNB statement said.

QNB Group, through its subsidiaries and associate companies, has a presence in more than 27 countries across three continents, with more than 15,300 operating through more than 640 locations.

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