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Global foreign exchange dealer Travelex has been hit by Windows malware and has taken its website down.

The main site now appears to be back, but no online services are available.

The site went down on New Year's Eve. A pop-up message on the main US site says: "Travelex confirms that a software virus was discovered on New Year's Eve which compromised some of its services.

"As a precautionary measure in order to protect data and prevent the spread of the virus, we immediately took all our systems offline. Our investigation to date shows no indication that any personal of customer data has been compromised.

"The company's network of branches continues to provide foreign exchange services manually."

The website message only appeared a day ago. Until then, the error message from Internet Information Server, the server software made by Microsoft and apparently used to run the Travelex website, was showing up.

British security researcher Kevin Beaumont posted a screenshot of the error message, adding, "I think Travelex might want to put their statement on their website, instead of leaving up an IIS error page."

The company's media release page has a similar error from IIS showing up:

travelex error

 

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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