Hackers steal hundreds of millions through among other Dutch banks – update




According to research from Kaspersky Lab hackers have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars to some 100 banks and financial institutions by infiltrating their computers with malware. It is possible to have the largest digital bank robbery ever. Dutch banks have been affected.

A report on the hack to be published on Monday, but Kaspersky Lab, The New York Times already insight given into the findings. According to security researchers, a group of criminals from Russia, China and some unnamed European countries malware installed on computers of about 100 banks and financial institutions. This could include Dutch banks are, but it is unclear exactly which banks are: Kaspersky did not have names known.

According to Kaspersky Lab came up the malware on the computers by phishing emails where bank staff clicked. According to Kaspersky Labs was include a tool for remote access to the installation routines of the bank staff were being spied upon. The hackers then took money to ‘dummy accounts in multiple countries. The transactions would not have noticed. This would at least $ 300 million, converted 263 million, are stolen, but possibly it comes to triple. This makes it possible the greatest theft in banks ever.

In total, banks and financial institutions would be affected in more than 30 countries. Especially Russian banks were robbed. Investigating authorities, including the Dutch High Tech Crime Unit, were still working to verify the impact of the digital robbery and trace the perpetrators.

The researchers came the hackers already in 2013 on the track when Kaspersky Lab was asked to investigate why an ATM in Kiev seemingly randomly money began to give out. Ultimately, therefore to a large-scale malware attacks. None of the affected banks would have been reported to have become a victim of a hack.

Update 13:58 pm: The Dutch Association of Banks in a late reaction to RTL Nieuws know that “no evidence has found ‘that Dutch banks have become victims of digital theft. ABN Amro and ING confirm.


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