Servers of 60 Banks Compromised In Continuing Worldwide Hack Attack
Security firms McAfee and Guardian Analytics have jointly reported on a massive hacking attack on the world's banks and other financial institutions, more than 60 in all. The scale of the attack suggests an "insider level of understanding", but worst of all, it's continuing. The fraudster's objective is to steal large amounts of money from high balance accounts and if all the attempted fraud was successful, the total amount stolen could reach a truly massive 2bn Euro (£1.6bn) which is something that the beleaguered Eurozone really doesn't need right now.
The malware works by stealing money in chunks of 100,000 Euro (£80,000) at a time and sends it to mule accounts set up by the fraudsters. The attack started in Europe, including Britain, but has quickly spread to North and South America and is continuing.
The details of the global fraud come just a day after the MI5 boss warned of the new cyber security threat to UK business. McAfee researchers have been able to track the global fraud, which still continues, across countries and continents. "They have identified 60 different servers, many of them in Russia, and they have identified one alone that has been used to steal 60m euro," Kiley said. "There are dozens of servers still grinding away at this fraud – in effect stealing money."
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