Just weeks after Mexico’s central bank was targeted by hackers who stole $15 million, Chile’s biggest bank, Banco de Chile, announced on May 28, 2018, that it had been struck by a “virus” that affected its workstations, including malware that contained disk-wiping capabilities. The malware sabotaged approximately 9,000 master boot records of the bank’s computers and servers, which caused in-bank operations to practically cease.

It is reported that the ransomware was similar to NotPetya, crashed more than 500 servers and 9,000 of the bank’s computers, and was able to wipe out disks and destroy forensic data.

This is the most recent of a series of attacks against banks, which affects online, branch and telephone banking. All the more reason to consider different banking options and to print your bank statements every month [related privacy tip].