In Italy there have been problems with ATMs, pos and electronic payments related to the Nexi circuit

In Italy there have been problems with ATMs, pos and electronic payments related to the Nexi circuit

In Italy there have been problems with ATMs

Problems with electronic payments with ATMs, POS and credit and debit cards on the morning of Friday 15 April in Italy, approximately between 11.45 and 12.15, and concerned the Nexi circuit. The Nexi group, contacted by Agi, made it known that it was a technical malfunction linked to a part of the infrastructure managed by IBM, the group's supplier. Nexi said that the lockdown lasted about 30 minutes and that the service was now regular and that every effort was made "to restart the system as soon as possible". Nexi explains to that it was not a cyber attack, but a technical disruption, so there was no contact with the authorities at the moment.

What happened:

The boom in notifications Important inconveniences because the ATM doesn't work Who is Nexi Fines for those who deny electronic payments The boom in notifications On the Internet, many users have reported inefficiencies in the network linked to ATMs and malfunctions with some electronic payments. On Downdetector, a site that collects reports of problems with network services, reports of problems with the payment systems of some banks have increased, such as Unicredit, Intesa Sanpaolo, Bnl but also Poste for the use of Poste mobile, Visa, Fineco and Mastercard (it should be noted that the problem does not concern only these banks or these circuits, but only that these are the most reported on Downdetector). The origin, however, was Nexi and, specifically, a part of the infrastructure linked to Sia (the e-money company with which Nexi merged in 2020) entrusted to Ibm. Therefore a block concerning the authorization phase of the payment.

As learns, the operators of circuits such as Bancomat, Visa and Mastercard were only able to witness the block, which was in the hands of the authorization ring of the payment process, Nexi, which however immediately activated the processes for resolving the malfunction and communicating the resolution of the disservice. Nexi explained to that he immediately registered the operating anomaly on that part of the infrastructure, to which some banks are linked, and that he intervened.

The company, Askanews informs, is still investigating with technicians to ascertain exactly what happened, but in the meantime the systems have been restored and are working regularly, according to a company spokesperson, except for possible queues locally on restarting individual devices. The disservice lasted less than half an hour but having taken place under Easter obviously involved many users. The path of a technical problem is confirmed and that of a cyber attack completely excluded.

Important inconvenience because the ATM does not work People have reported a blackout of these payment services, from failure to withdraw money to payment counters in shops, supermarkets or petrol stations on the weekend preceding the Easter holidays. Some people, for example, say they had to leave their groceries at home because they couldn't complete the payment with an ATM. Although it only lasted half an hour, the service had severe impacts.

Who is Nexi Nexi is the leading group as regards digital payments in Italy. In 2020 it merged with Sia, a company specializing in payment services and infrastructures controlled by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP). The new company has over 2 million affiliated merchants throughout continental Europe, approximately 120 million cards managed and over 21 billion total transactions processed. It can also count on industrial and financial synergies equal to 150 million euros recurring annually and aggregate revenues of around 1.8 billion euros a year based on the results reported in 2019.

Fines for those who do not accept payments with the Pos start from 30 June (and other news of the Pnrr decree) From the abolition of exemptions for electronic invoicing to the creation of a company that develops software for the public administration, here are the latest decisions of the Draghi government. electronic payments Just in the past few hours, the government has tightened up on the crafty electronic payments, anticipating the penalties for those who do not accept them in the Pnrr decree. Since 2013, merchants and professionals have been obliged to accept payments via Pos, but the fines for non-compliant parties had to be applied only from January 1, 2023, as decided by Parliament with the first Pnrr decree of last December. With the text approved by the CDM, the activation date was instead brought forward by six months and the fines will start from next 30 June. The penalties will be 30 euros, plus 4% of the value of the refused electronic payment. In addition, it will be mandatory to send the tax authorities the details of all transactions made using digital currency.

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