© naftemporiki.gr Hackers stole $17 million from Russian banks in 2017
More than 1 billion rubles ($17 million) robbed hackers from Russian banks in 2017 using Cobalt Strike, a software designed to control security, according to a central bank official.
Russia is at the forefront of cybercrime after speculation that hackers, with Moscow’s support, have attacked targets in the US and Europe, which the Kremlin denies. The Russian authorities now want to show that Russia is also often the victim of cybercrime and that they are trying to deal with them.
At a conference on information security in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk, Central Deputy Governor Dmitry Skobelkin said that in 2017, 21 “waves of attacks” were recorded using the Cobalt Strike.
“More than 240 financial institutions were hit by the attacks, 11 of which were successful. The amount stolen surpassed 1 billion rubles”,
Cobalt Strike is a tool used to control an organization’s level of electronic security, but has also been used by hackers to attack banks in Russia and Europe.
In 2016, a group known as Cobalt, because they were using this software, attacked money-making machines in more than 12 countries.
Skobelkin said the Russian central bank had sent warnings to more than 400 organizations, the Cobalt group last year.
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