Hackers stole greater than RUB 1 billion ($17 million or roughly Rs. 109 crores) from Russian banks utilizing the Cobalt Strike security-testing instrument in 2017, a central financial institution official mentioned on Tuesday.
Russia is underneath intense scrutiny over cybercrime following allegations hackers backed by Moscow have attacked targets in the US and Europe, accusations the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.
Russian authorities at the moment are eager to indicate that Russia too is a frequent sufferer of cybercrime and that they’re working arduous to fight it.
Central financial institution Deputy Governor Dmitry Skobelkin instructed an info safety convention within the Russian metropolis of Magnitogorsk that 21 “waves of assaults” utilizing Cobalt Strike had been recorded in 2017.
“Greater than 240 credit score organisations had been hit by the assaults, 11 of which had been profitable. The quantity stolen was greater than 1 billion roubles,” he mentioned.
Cobalt Strike is a safety instrument used to check the energy of an organisation’s cyber defences, nevertheless it has additionally been utilized by hackers to assault banks in Russia and Europe.
A gaggle often known as Cobalt due to their use of the instrument attacked money machines in additional than a dozen nations in 2016, utilizing the malicious software program to pressure the ATMs to spit out money.
Skobelkin mentioned the Russian central financial institution had despatched warnings to greater than 400 organisations which had been focused by the Cobalt group final 12 months.
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