Australia's central bank says power failure hits payment system
(Updates with service restoration)
By Swati Pandey
SYDNEY, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The Australian central bank said
on Thursday an internal power failure caused by maintenance of
its fire control systems interrupted its Sydney data centre and
affected its ability to process some payments
The outage at the Reserve Bank of Australia lasted about
three hours, but representatives of two major banks told Reuters
the incident had affected payments throughout the industry.
The central bank said in its official Twitter feed that
routine maintenance of its "fire control systems caused an
interruption of power to the Bank's main data centre" and that
it was "re-establishing full services".
The central bank's payments system includes clearing and
settlement for cash, cards, cheques and electronic funds
The outage did not affect the infrastructure behind its
real-time payment services, called its New Payments Platform,
the RBA added.
The central bank later said on its Twitter feed that retail
and corporate customers were able to make and receive payments,
although it did not say whether this meant the system had been
Westpac Banking Corp, Australia's No.2 lender, told
Reuters the outage had impacted Australian financial
institutions. It did not provide any details.
A spokesman for No.3 lender Australia and New Zealand
Banking Group Ltd told Reuters in an email the bank was
aware of the outage but that the RBA had since restored
services, which were now "operating normally".
(Reporting by Swati Pandey and Byron Kaye; Editing by Richard
Borsuk and Sam Holmes)
First Published: 2018-08-30 07:02:25
Updated 2018-08-30 10:36:09
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