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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Bank Glitches and the Beirut Disaster

Beirut explosion: footage shows massive blast shaking Lebanon's capital (4 August 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Against the backdrop of the Beirut explosion which took place 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) (see it here), it is very strange that tonight and for the past week or so, dozens of online banking services and some card services have been coincidentally down for maintenance, as is evident from tweets of disgruntled customers around the world.

Image Source: CNN.

Image Source: Nina dos Santos via CNN.

Image Source: Hassan Ammar/AP via CNN.

Does the Beirut disaster connect to the fragility of the global economy at this moment? Banking is a worldwide business, and perhaps financial systems needed an upgrade. But maybe there is something more to the hundreds of complaints of bank customers on Twitter through the end of July and into the first days of August, 2020, who noticed that online banking services, and sometimes cards and ATMs, were suddenly not working. See a selection of complaints below the jump. There were hundreds more besides these examples, from around the globe.

Image Source: Bank of Montreal.

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