Banks that collectively own SWIFT saw their profits vanish last year as the organization increased its investments in information security, even as the interbank messaging service handled record volumes of money-moving messages.
Memo to would-be cybercriminals: Want to move stolen funds internationally to bank accounts that you control? Need to route the funds to a few money mules to get it laundered? Don't do it from a system tied to an IP address registered to your home.
An internal investigation into the February theft of $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh reportedly found that a handful of negligent and careless bank officials inadvertently helped facilitate the heist by outside hackers.
"Inertia and clumsiness" at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York nearly led to one of the biggest cyber-heists in history - resulting in $81 million being stolen from the central bank of Bangladesh - being even worse, according to a new report.
Hackers reportedly stole $250,000 from Bangladesh's Sonali Bank in 2013, in what's now the fourth case involving malware attacks and injecting fraudulent money-transfer requests into the SWIFT interbank messaging network.
Officials in several nations are probing the security of the SWIFT interbank messaging system in the wake of recent hacker attacks. Can the bank-owned cooperative better police members, secure access to its network as well as spot emerging hack attacks and fraud?
Another series of SWIFT-enabled hack attacks against a bank has come to light, following the theft of $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh and SWIFT warning that other banks are also being targeted.
Banks and regulators have begun reviewing SWIFT-related information security practices and requirements following the online heist of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank. Authorities say much of that money is still missing.
Amidst finger-pointing over responsibility for the $81 million online theft from Bangladesh Bank, SWIFT has issued its first-ever information security guidance to banks, telling them that they're responsible for securing their own systems.
The online heist of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank involved custom malware that hacked the database used by the bank's SWIFT software, allowing attackers to transfer money and hide their tracks, according to BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. SWIFT will issue software updates and security guidance to all customers.
The massive "Panama Papers" data leak apparently was enabled by a law firm failing to have the right information security defenses in place. The breach calls attention to the need for all organizations to encrypt sensitive data, use access controls as well as monitor access patterns for signs of data exfiltration.
If you cast the Panama Papers leak in terms of class warfare, this isn't the first time that a faceless few have acted for what they perceive to be the good of the proletariat, in a bout of hacker - or insider - vigilantism.
Financial crimes are growing in frequency and complexity with advances in technology providing malicious insiders and organized criminals more opportunity to commit crimes. Furthermore, the drumbeat to remain compliant continues. New regulatory guidelines continue to arise with increased scrutiny and complexity, so...