Barclays victim of data robbery

Godfrey Marawanyika /Anita Fleming

STOCK exchange-listed Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe has become the second financial institution to fall victim to computer data robbery, the Zimbabwe Independent has establishe

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Barclays lost computer hard drives which contained classified information on the bank and its clientele. The hard drives were stolen over the weekend.


Barclays has since informed the central bank of the incident.


Barclays Bank spokesperson, Sibongile Mapungwana, yesterday confirmed the theft of the computer equipment.


“The first evidence of theft was on Saturday, June 19,” she said.


“We have reported the matter to the police and they are carrying out investigations.”


Of all the banks that are operating locally, Barclays is the largest by assets.

In February, NMB fell victim to hard-drive robbery and up to now the case is still to be resolved.


Mapungwana said although Barclays had reported the matter to both the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and the police, its internal team was also investigating the theft.


She could not however clarify if the bank suspected any foul play, saying the motive of the crime was still a mystery.


“The motive for the theft is not known. However, we are anxious to get to the bottom of the matter and await the outcome of ongoing investigations.”

Since February the government has been using the temporary Exchange Control Regulations to deal with firms and individuals suspected of having externalised foreign currency.


The state has also been using the a statutory instrument amending the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act to deny bail to arrested persons accused of economic crimes.

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