Great Malta bank suspends operations after cyber attack alert

A branch of Bank of Valletta is to see in Valletta, Malta, June 16, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

VALLETTA (Reuters) – Bank of Valletta, which accounts for almost half of Malta’s banking transactions, the shutdown of all operations on Wednesday after the detection of a cyber attack, the company said.

The bank said it had closed its branches and Atms on the small island in the Mediterranean sea after the realization of the hackers trying to gain access to the systems. The website is also offline.

The bank reassured customers that their accounts and assets were “not in any way be affected or impaired” and that he was working on to resume normal services as soon as possible.

“The bank works closely with local and international police agencies in this regard,” he said in a statement.

Maltese banks have in the past reported cyber attacks, but this was the first time that a bank had shut down all operations as a result.

Reporting by Chris scicluna worked; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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