Hackers stole more than 2 billion rubles ($31 million) from correspondent accounts at the Russian central bank, the bank said on Friday, the latest example of an escalation of cyber attacks on financial institutions around the globe.
Central bank official Artyom Sychyov discussed the losses at a briefing, saying that the hackers had attempted to steal about 5 billion rubles.
Russia Says Foreign Spy Agencies Preparing Cyber-attacks on Banks
by Anthony Halpin and Volodymyr Verbyany December 2, 2016 — 5:47 AM EST December 2, 2016 — 10:41 AM EST
Attacks may start on Monday, Federal Security Service says
Ukrainian-owned servers in Netherlands involved, agency says
Russia accused foreign spy agencies of preparing cyber-attacks in dozens of cities to try to undermine its banking system.
Attacks may begin on Monday with the goal “of destabilizing the financial system of the Russian Federation, including the activities of a number of major Russian banks,” the Federal Security Service, the successor body to the Soviet-era KGB, said in a website statement Friday.
The attackers plan to use servers based in The Netherlands that belong to a Ukrainian hosting company, BlazingFast, the security agency known as the FSB said. The plot involves mass distribution of text messages and social-media blogs alleging a crisis in Russia’s financial system including bankruptcies and the removal of licenses from well-known federal and regional banks, it said.