BANGALORE: Following a reality check Express carried out on ATMs in the city, (the article Any Time Money, the All Time Threat to Safety?, inadequate safety at ATMs were brought into forefront), some of the nationalised and foreign banks have beefed up security outside their ATMs and have conducted surprise checks to ensure the machines were far from threat.
In a swift move, Axis Bank, Canara Bank and ICICI Bank, among others conducted emergency checks on their ATMs and beefed up security.
“We had an emergency check to see that our ATMs were not tampered with. Customers and their account safety is our priority,” said a representative from Axis Bank.
The bank, however, ensures that money is loaded into ATMs every day, which helps in minimising the risk of hacks. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is now slated to release a letter to all the banks directing them to constantly scrutinise security checks on their ATMs, so that they do not have to compromise with user security. The cyber crime police too have been investigating the cases that reported customers losing money without their knowledge.
So far, the cyber crime police have over three complaints and other local police stations, mostly in the heart of the city, have over 13 cases reported this month.