Bank wire transfer?
No, that's definitely a laptop.
Hackers managed to pinch $60m from the Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan by infiltrating its computers last week. Now, most of the money has been recovered, and two arrests have been made in connection with the cyber-heist. On Friday, the bank admitted the cyber-crooks planted malware on its PCs and servers in order to …
"There has been a spate of attacks against banks to subvert the SWIFT system in the past"
Except they didn't subvert the SWIFT system, they subverted the underlying Windows computer. The malware delivered in word documents as email attachments that suppressed SWIFT alerts sent to the printer from the Oracle database. Specifically by disabling a running Windows process by overwriting two bytes in memory.
"thanks to security mechanism introduced between banks – all but $500,000 has now been recovered."
I would suspect successful recovery had more to do with competent auditing processes than anything to do with security mechanisms. What they mean is we didn't notice the withdrawal until notified about it by some third party. For any would be fraudsters out-there, never use your own personal bank account to facilitate an online cyber-heist :)
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It's frightful that so many companies use Windows systems for financial transactions. I worked at one place where they had a Windows computer specifically for bank transactions sitting outside of the firewall. They trusted it to do the transactions, but didn't trust it to be inside the corporate firewall. I have no idea why people keep writing high-end financial software for Windows.
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