Russian banks lost $6m to hackers

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Russian central bank has revealed that unidentified hackers stole 339.5 million rubles ($6 million) in an attack on the SWIFT international payments messaging system in Russia last year.

The disclosure, made at the bottom of a central bank report on digital thefts at Russian banks, is the latest in a string of attempted and successful cyber heists using fraudulent wire-transfer requests.

The central bank said it had received information about one successful attack on the workplace of a SWIFT system operator adding that the volume of unsanctioned operations as a result of this attack amounted to 339.5 million rubles,”

Meanwhile, the central bank declined to provide further details. A spokeswoman for SWIFT, whose messaging system is used to transfer trillions of dollars each day, said the company does not comment on specific entities.

Also, a central bank spokesman quoted Artem Sychev, deputy head of the regulator’s security department, as saying the hackers had withdrawn the money and this was “a common scheme when they take control of a computer.”

Brussels-based SWIFT affirmed that late last year digital heists were becoming increasingly prominent as hackers use more sophisticated tools and techniques to launch new attacks.

In December, hackers tried to steal 55 million rubles from Russian state bank Globex using the SWIFT system, and digital thieves made off with $81 million from Bangladesh Bank in February 2016.

 

 

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