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This Banking Official’s Dire Warning May Spark A Rush To Pull Out Money

This Banking Official's Dire Warning May Spark A Rush To Pull Out Money [1]

Hackers now have the ability to bring down an entire bank by cyberattack, one of the world’s top banking officials is warning.

Gottfried Leibbrandt, the CEO of SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), said major cyberattacks on banks in three different countries in the past year demonstrated that hackers now have the ability to completely wipe out a major financial institution. SWIFT is a money transfer network for the world’s banks.

“The banks were compromised, credentials to payment generation systems were obtained to send fraudulent payments, and the statements/confirmations from their counterparties were obfuscated,” Leibbrandt [2] revealed at a conference in Brussels.

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SWIFT previously had warned that the attacks are “part of a wider and highly adaptive campaign.”

Three attacks have him concerned:

“In the recent cases, thieves were able to move just some of those banks’ overseas assets,” Leibbrandt said. “As a result, for the banks concerned, the events haven’t been existential. The point is that they could have been.”

Officials are concerned because thieves were easily able to circumvent bank security and infect computers with malware, and then transfer money out of accounts, CNN reported.

Since SWIFT connects almost any bank in the world, hackers can use it to send money almost anywhere.

“The financial industry, as a community, has to be clear that cyber risk is big; there will be more cyber attacks. And inevitably some will be successful,” he said.

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