Russian Central Bank warned of possible Cyber Attack before New Year


The Central Bank of Russia warns of new hacker attacks on financial institutions in the eve of New Year holidays.

The Deputy Head of Cyber security Department of the Central Bank Artem Sychev said that hacker attacks using a virus Cobalt Strike decreased. In his opinion, hackers are preparing something nasty by the end of the year, when costumers of Bank will make a lot of payments.

The expert also noted that in 2017 the number of attempts to steal money from the Bank accounts increased, but their effectiveness decreased.

Sychev said the cyber attacks affects not only banks but also their partners.  So, they have decided to offer all public companies to introduce to the Boards of Directors people skilled in cyber security.

It is interesting to note that last cyber attack occurred one week ago, on November 29.  Hackers created fake app "Sberbank Online" for Android devices.  Cybercriminals had access to all data of Bank customers and also to the real account in "Sberbank Online".  Sberbank urged its customers to download the app only from Google play store. 

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