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Westpac customers outraged after bank reports outage affecting online, mobile banking

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The bank began reporting issues about 9pm Monday, with mobile and online banking impacted by the outage. 
Camera IconThe bank began reporting issues about 9pm Monday, with mobile and online banking impacted by the outage.  Credit: News Corp Australia

Westpac customers have been left unable to access their money after a mass outage of the bank’s online systems.

The bank began reporting issues about 9pm Monday, with mobile and online banking impacted by the outage.

“We’re aware that customers are currently experiencing issues accessing account information in online and mobile banking,” the bank wrote on social media platforms.

“Our teams are working to fix the issue. We apologise for any inconvenience and will continue to share updates here.”

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Customers have said they logged into their mobile banking apps to find all accounts disappeared.

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Camera IconWestpac customers have been left unable to access their money after a mass outage of the bank’s online systems.. NCA NewsWire / David Swift Credit: News Corp Australia

Many users are reporting logging into the app to find a bank balance of zero dollars while others appear to have had cards erased.

Others are not able to log in at all.

Customers complained Westpac initially broke the news of the outage on social media rather than on their website, while others said they were disappointed the bank had not issued a text or email about the situation.

One user said the bank had “poor customer service and bad communication”.

“Put it on Google as well why am I forced to come to twitter to hear an admission- this is costing me money,” one user wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

More than 10,000 people have reported being unable to access their account to Down Detector, a platform that records outages.

Customers have taken to social media to express their outrage over the incident.

“Internet banking and mobile app both say I do not have an account with you. Or cards. How about a proper explanation? Looks like you’re being hacked doesn’t it?” one person wrote.

“What’s the justification for leaving hundreds of thousands of Australians without access to their own hard worked money,” another wrote.

Another said: “Thought I was hacked”.

Originally published as Westpac customers outraged after bank reports outage affecting online, mobile banking

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