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February 2018: The SWIFT HEISTS

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Hi folks,

In the era of everything being cashless and relying more and more on e-payment, we came upon a disconcerting story, that may make you want to reconsider slipping your gold bars under the pillows again.

Hackers, who are still unknown, stole about 339.5 million rubles (about USD$6 million) from a Russian bank last year, using the SWIFT international payment messaging system. This was recently disclosed in the central bank report regarding digital thefts in the Russian banking sector.

The hackers use fraudulent and unsanctioned wire-transfer requests via the computers in the Russian bank with SWIFT system operators and transfer the money to different accounts.

SWIFT, short for ìSociety for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunicationî, offers assistance to secure the userís systemís environment for affected users, and stated that its own system have not been compromised by hackers.

Aside from this case, there's been victims of hacking through SWIFT system in Russia, Bangladesh and Taiwan :

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Worried about your payment system? AKATI Consulting have worked on several similar cases where financial institutions SWIFT systems were compromised and helped them to be more secure. With our expertise, you can assure that this would not happen to your organization.



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