Users of the BIT transfer app claim to have been hacked and robbed

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Users of the BIT transfer app claim to have been hacked and robbed

Another user told a similar story, writing, “half an hour ago I received a message from ‘BIT’ that someone signed in with my name on a different phone. Half a minute later I get an SMS with a NIS 1,600 charge and a minute later, another NIS 2,000.”

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Bank Hapoalim denied the hacking accusation, and responded to the complaints as fraud incidents. “A bank stands behind this app, nobody hacked it, and user information is inaccessible,” said the bank in a statement. “Every case of fraud is handled by us to the satisfaction of our customers, as always.”

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Story Highlights

  • “I received a message that someone just signed in using my details,” wrote one user online. “I opened the bank app and saw someone had already made two transactions worth NIS 3,600 each.”

  • Cyber Hackers (credit: REUTERS)

“Millions of Israelis transfer money safely and easily using BIT,” the bank said.