THE GREAT BANK ROB­BERY

Qatar Today - - DEVELOPMENT > TECH TALK -

A Rus­sian cy­ber­crim­i­nal gang has stolen close to $1 bil­lion (QR3.6 bil­lion) from up to 100 fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions in two years.

Se­cu­rity com­pany Kasper­sky re­leased a re­port in which it de­tailed how the gang – dubbed “Car­banak” – has been steal­ing di­rectly from banks in the big­gest cy­ber heist to date. The com­pany said it was work­ing with Interpol, Europol and au­thor­i­ties from dif­fer­ent coun­tries to un­cover more de­tails but it has emerged that the gang gained ac­cess to the net­work and video sur­veil­lance sys­tems through ma­li­cious emails sent to em­ploy­ees, a tech­nique known as spear phish­ing. The gang also re­motely con­trolled ATMs and or­dered them to dis­pense cash when a mem­ber would be wait­ing to col­lect the money.

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