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Group-IB reported how many money abducted by hackers in Russian banks

© RIA Novosti / Alexey Malgavko
MOSCOW, Dec 11 - RIA Novosti. The Russian-language hacker group MoneyTaker in 2016-2017 stole about 72 million rubles in Russian banks, the Group-IB, a company that deals with the prevention and investigation of cybercrime, said in a statement.

In total for this period, according to the company, this group conducted 20 successful attacks on banks and other legal organizations in the US, Russia and the UK. In particular, MoneyTaker has committed 16 attacks on US companies, 3 - on Russian banks and one - in the UK. In the United States, the average damage from one attack was 500 thousand dollars. According to the data of Group-IB, financial organizations in Latin America can soon become the target of MoneyTaker.

The main targets of hackers in banks are card processing systems, as well as the system of interbank transfers: Russian ARM CBD (automated workplace of the Bank of Russia client) and supposedly American SWIFT system, experts say. The company notes that this group remained undetected for a long time.

"It's not just about the tools used, but also difficult to define" the handwriting "of the group, from the use of a distributed infrastructure, some of which are disposable, and ending with a withdrawal scheme: for each transaction, attackers use their account," the report said.

"Another characteristic feature: after a successful attack, the hackers did not hurry to leave the crime scene, continuing to spy on the bank's employees after hacking the corporate network by sending incoming messages to Yandex and Mail.ru in the format first.last@yandex.com" , - adds Group-IB.
At the moment, information about the activities of MoneyTaker Group is directed by Group-IB to Europol and Interpol.

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