SINGAPORE — DBS Bank’s online banking and payment services were down on Saturday (Oct 14), with customers also reporting issues with withdrawing cash from automated teller machines (ATMs).
Downdetector also showed spikes in reports for WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram, among others.
Some people on social media said they face problems using Meta’s social media platforms. Users in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Indonesia, India and the United Arab Emirates posted on X (formerly Twitter) to say they could not get on WhatsApp.
CNA has contacted Meta for more information.
While other service providers were reported on Downdetector, CNA understands that services for telcos were not disrupted.
UOB said that all of its digital services and ATMs are working as normal.
OCBC told CNA that it was not experiencing any outage. It posted on Facebook on Saturday evening to say that due to service disruptions to DBS, some OCBC customers might not be able to complete their transactions.
These include the transfer of funds via PayNow to DBS accounts, or any credit card being used on a DBS payment terminal.
Attempts to log in to DBS’ digital banking services at about 4.40pm came back with an error message: “We are experiencing heavy traffic to our services. You will be redirected shortly. Alternatively, please log in later.”
DBS’ PayLah! services were also down.
Dozens of users have commented on DBS’ latest Facebook post complaining about the outage.
Melvin Emmanuel Chan wrote: “Can’t pay via DBS credit or debit card…PayNow and NETS are down as well.”
Another user said: “Stuck in the middle of a transaction. Been waiting for more than 30 minutes for the app issues to be resolved. What’s going on???!!!”
Hui Chi wrote: “I can’t pay (at) the salon after I perm my hair, luckily they knew me well and let me leave. Hope this resolves soon!”
“Dear DBS, I could not even use PayNow, PayLah! and credit card to buy food. Then I decided to go to ATM. But all of the ATM machines were offline. The only solution was to use CDC vouchers to make payment,” wrote Faith Lim.
DBS ATMs have also been affected by the outages. Error messages on the machines read: “This terminal is temporarily offline.”
This is the not first time that DBS has faced disruptions to their online banking and payment services.
After two disruptions in the space of about two months earlier this year, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in May imposed on DBS an additional capital requirement.
In May, DBS CEO Piyush Gupta apologised for the disruptions and said that a special board committee review would be completed “as a matter of utmost priority”. CNA
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