back to article Sneaky hackers slurped $15 MILLION from banks

Millions of dollars, credit cards and intellectual property have been stolen by a newly discovered group of cyber criminals. The Anunak hackers group has been involved in targeted attacks and espionage since 2013, we now know, and targets banks and payments systems in Russia and former CIS countries, according to joint …

  1. Tom Chiverton 1

    "setting up remote control of the network by changing its hardware parameters"

    Eh ? What does that mean ?

    They order new network cables ?

    1. Ogi

      Re: "setting up remote control of the network by changing its hardware parameters"

      Perhaps they get somebody on the inside to plant backdoors? It could mean anything from breaking in to install custom hardware that gives them access (e.g. reverse SSH) , to bribing a janitor to plug in a wifi AP somewhere in the building.

      Still, I'm not sure you can class anyone as an "IT specialist" if they get so badly owned that the miscreants can watch them on their own webcams. Sysadmins especially should be security conscious, and all the ones I know (myself included) have paranoid tendencies.

  2. Ted Treen
    Pirate

    "...Russian hackers slurped $15 MILLION from banks..."

    And that's chickenfeed to what the damned banks have slurped from us...

  3. Peter Clarke 1
    Alert

    New Targets

    With the Rouble taking a tumble in value I think they might be avoiding Russian banks

    1. Bloakey1

      Re: New Targets

      Not at all, now is a good time to buy or steal and due to the volatility a good time to hide transactions. I bought a load last week at 120, have sold them on now.

      I think these boys are a bit like the A team, some form of ex <sinsert name> doodz using their skills for more lucrative purposes.

    2. Tom Samplonius

      Re: New Targets

      "With the Rouble taking a tumble in value I think they might be avoiding Russian banks"

      No, it is just stupid to hack banks in the country that you live in. Plus, banks in Russia probably have significant political connections.

      And they are staying away from the EU/US for now, because that is probably where they store their funds. As does half of Russia. You don't want to hack banks that have a variety of international and treaties in place that allow them to seize funds stolen from a member bank.

  4. Primus Secundus Tertius Silver badge
    Devil

    Poor English

    The PDF report is written in poor English.

    Have I compromised my own machine by downloading and reading it (despite not using Adobe PDF-ware)?

    1. Hans 1 Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: Poor English

      How is your russian ?

      Вы понимаете России ? Не? затем заткнуться!

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