For months in some instances, Canadian banking giant Scotiabank reportedly stored highly sensitive digital property on a series of publicly open and accessible GitHub repositories, potentially exposing its internal source code, login credentials and access keys.

The financial institution had the repositories "torn down" earlier this week after being alerted to the error, according to The Register, which was first to report on the situation. The repositories contained hundreds of files, some of which contained code that appears to be intended for mobile apps for Central and South American users.

Some of the code was reportedly for integrating the bank systems with payment services offered by Samsung, Google Pay, Visa, Mastercard and more. Additional code shown in a screenshot provided by The Register's showed programming for a digital payments dashboard system.

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