Exclusive: Technicians from SWIFT left Bangladesh Bank exposed to hackers – police

By Sanjeev Miglani, Serajul Quadir and Jim Finkle DHAKA/BOSTON (Reuters) – Bangladesh's central bank became more vulnerable to hackers when technicians from SWIFT, the global financial network, connected a new bank transaction system to SWIFT messaging three months before a $81 million cyber heist, Bangladeshi police and a bank official alleged. The technicians introduced the vulnerabilities when they connected SWIFT to Bangladesh's first real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system, said Mohammad Shah Alam, the head of the criminal investigation department of the Bangladesh police who is leading the probe into one of the biggest cyber-heists in the world.

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