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Two Thai banks hacked, personal data of over 120,000 customers stolen

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Computer hackers stole private information from more than 120,000 clients in two of the major subsidiaries of the Thai Bank (BOT) in what is considered a massive data breach, the institution confirmed.

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The attacks, on a large scale, occurred on the eve against Kasikornbank and Krung Thai Bank, important branches of that Thai financial institution.

The hackers used "advanced hacking techniques" to steal personal information from users who applied to online credit, said Krong Bank Thai president Payong Srivanich.

The security experts at Krung Thai Bank stopped the attacks immediately after the technology division registered dubious movements, assured Payong, adding that no other damage was reported.

In the case of the Kasikornbank, the criminals stole data on corporate customers subscribed to the bank's services on the Internet, such as company names and contact details.

Executives from both organizations denied any suspicious transaction related to the case, reports The Bangkok Post newspaper.

BOT cyber-security operators promised to improve measures to defend private information and better supervise the system.

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