June 1, 2018 / 4:39 PM / 3 months ago

UPDATE 2-Visa says systems operating at 'close to normal levels' after Europe outage

(Adds Visa's statement on issue being solved)

LONDON, June 1 (Reuters) - Payments firm Visa Inc said its systems are operating at "close to normal levels" and the earlier issue affecting users in Europe was "result of a hardware failure".

"We have no reason to believe this was associated with any unauthorized access or malicious event," Visa said in a statement. bit.ly/2J52vQS

Earlier in the day, Visa was experiencing a service disruption preventing some transactions in Europe being processed. This incident prevented some Visa transactions in Europe from being processed, the company earlier said in a statement. (Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison)

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