A recent $3 million bank heist in Bangladesh is likely the handiwork of "Silence," a Russian-speaking gang known for its slow and methodical attacks against banks and ATMs, according to an analysis by security firm Group-IB.
Despite India's move to EMV-chip payment cards, ATM fraud continues to take place. Experts say risk of skimming is not eliminated with chip cards if they still have magnetic stripe and ATMs continue to read these stripes.
Known for targeting banks and ATMs in Russia and other Eastern European countries, the "Silence" gang apparently is now expanding into other regions, using a combination of custom malicious tools and "living-off-the-land" techniques, researchers report.
Although the Reserve Bank of India mandated that banks complete the shift from magnetic stripe debit and credit cards to EMV chip-and-PIN cards by Jan. 1 to help reduce fraud, there's still plenty of work to be done.
Although CERT-In says the hacking of Indian websites declined dramatically this year, based on reports it has received, some security experts argue that many hacking and other cybercrime incidents are never reported.
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Hackers behind the FASTCash ATM cash-out attack campaign - tied by the U.S. government to North Korea - use Trojan code designed to exploit bank networks running outdated versions of IBM's AIX Unix operating system, Symantec warns.
Pakistan says the nation's banks have not been hacked, but adds that they are taking defensive steps after nearly 20,000 payment card details appeared for sale online. The State Bank of Pakistan says banks are implementing restrictions on international transactions.
In the wake of a cyberattack against BankIslami Pakistan, the State Bank of Pakistan, the nation's central bank, is asking all banks to step up their security efforts and make sure that security measures on all IT systems are continuously updated.
Tesco Bank has been hit with a £16.4 million ($21.3 million) fine by the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority for failing to prevent and more rapidly block thousands of fraudulent transactions that drained £2.3 million ($3 million) directly from customers' bank accounts.
Facebook says that whoever hacked 50 million user accounts, putting the privacy of those users' personal data at risk, did so by abusing its "View As" privacy feature. Facebook says the attack successfully targeted three separate bugs in its video-uploading functionality.
Police in India have made seven arrests of suspected money mules involved in the theft of $13.5 million from Cosmos Bank. Authorities continue to investigate the heist in hopes of identifying those who led the attack.
A cybercrime gang called "Silence," which appears to have just two members, has been tied to attacks that have so far stolen at least $800,000, in part via ATM jackpotting or "cash out" attacks, warns cybercrime investigation firm Group-IB.
So far, police have not found evidence that a major organized hacking group was responsible for the Cosmos Bank heist, which involved the theft of $13.5 million through ATMs and unauthorized SWIFT transactions. What steps should banks take to avoid becoming the next cyber heist victim?
Police in India have launched a formal investigation of a malware attack on a Cosmos Bank ATM server that enabled attackers to siphon off US$13.4 million. Security experts say the incident raises many questions.