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Bank Assaults Involving SWIFT have Links with Hackers behind Sony Breach

According to Symantec Corp the cyber security firm, hackers behind robbing the central bank of Bangladesh to steal $81m are understood to have connection with another cyber assault which was. against a Philippines situated bank. Before that in 2014, they were also responsible for the hack against SPE (Sony Pictures Entertainment).

In case substantiated, the Philippines situated bank attack would be counted as the fourth reported online assault on certain bank with the aid of fake SWIFT messages. Standing for Society for Worldwide Inter-bank Financial Telecommunication, SWIFT in the current week recommended that banking institutions required enhancing their security, given that the Society knew about multiple attacks unfolding.

It is also known that the tools employed for infiltrating the personal computers at Philippines' bank happened to be same as those that certain batch of hackers known as "Lazarus" had employed for allegedly carrying out cyber assaults serially from 2009, including one massive breach of data at SPE 2-yrs back, writes Symantec in a blog.

After malware literally shut down SPE's network, FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) stated that to its knowledge there were evidences associating North Korea with the assault. Subsequently a few security researchers expressed doubt over FBI's opinion, suggesting the assault possibly was an internal act. Ft.com posted this dated May 27, 2016.

On Thursday, Security Company Symantec situated in Mountain View stated that clues it obtained on its own indicated that the attack on the Philippines bank happened to be from the identical hackers' gang that was part of the Bangladesh bank hack. Such conclusion Symantec reached following its examination of the hacking tools employed during both the assaults.

Moreover, like the study which BAE Systems the defense contractor published this month, Symantec blogged that based on the tools, there was likely certain connection between those assaults as well as the hack into the SPE network of 2014 that USA condemned on North Korea.

According to one U.S. publication, FireEye the America based Security Company, which's presently investigating assaults vis-à-vis some twelve banks situated in South-East Asia, has found evidence raising finger towards an identical modus operandi.

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