If your account is held with one of the biggest high street banks in the UK, chances are, you have been impacted by a seismic outage shaking the UK right now. Some of the biggest brands, including Barclays, HSBC, TSB, Lloyds, Tesco Bank and Halifax, are suffering from an outage that has left customers unable to login to online or mobile banking. HSBC is also suffering a similar issue, with customers unable to connect to the mobile banking app, available on iPhone and Android, or online portal.
Online banking allows customers to check their balance, manage their accounts, transfer money, schedule standing orders, and make one-off payments. The outage, which started around 5pm, has left thousands unable to perform any of these day-to-day tasks. It’s unclear what is causing the widespread problems, which has also left a number of popular online services, including the PlayStation Network – which enables multiplayer games with players across the planet, and Amazon offline for some users.
Independent website DownDetector, which tracks the performance of online applications and services by tracking complaints across social media, shows the sheer number of web-based services impacted by the latest outage. It’s unclear what is behind the outage, but given the wide variety of brands and services, it seems likely to be a system used behind the scenes to power their online presence.
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