Report about cyber attacks made against banks in 2017

Cybercriminals steal millions of dollars from banks in Russia and India by exploiting SWIFT global banking network.
Our cybersecurity team released a report regarding types of attacks that affected financial institutions in 2017.
In one of the attacks, cybercriminals managed to hit an unnamed bank trough SWIFT. The amount of money that hackers have stolen from it was around 340 million of rubles which is approximately 6 million dollars.

Our report concluded that in 2017 the number of attacks that affected lenders was much higher than the number of attacks done in 2016.
Cybercriminals use an extensive range of tools to hit these lenders: Metasploit, Cobalt Strike, Empire, and Mimikatz, Cobalt Strike only, is responsible for the disappearing of 1 billion rubles around 17 million dollars.

The most recent attack against a Russian bank was in December, in this attack cybercriminals managed to steal trough SWIFT 950.000 dollars from Russia’s Globex bank.
Other notable attacks were made in India where City Union Bank was hit with three fraudulent transfers done by abusing the SWIFT payments messaging system. First transfer was around half million dollars and ended up in a bank in Dubai after traveling through a Standard Chartered Bank account in New York.
The second transfer of $372,000 was delivered to a bank in Turkey using a Standard Chartered Bank account in Germany, the third and last transfer of $1 million went to a Chinese bank through a Bank of America account.

This attack is not the only one that affects India, India’s Punjab National Bank was massively hit by cybercriminals that stoled 1.7 billion dollars using a fraud scheme involving the company’s employees.

SWIFT system is short of Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, this system had seen many improvements în the past few years, but somehow cybercriminals are still managing to target financial companies using sophisticated campaigns.

The banks are not the only ones targeted by the cybercriminals; the simple users are targets too, cybercriminals are using more advanced Banking Trojans to empty their accounts, this is why every user must use a good cybersecurity solution like antivirus or firewall in every device that they own.

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