In a 21st Century bank job, thieves don’t even need to step foot on the premises, let alone have a getaway car primed: all you need is a computer and the right software. According to a report from The New York Times, tech security firm Kaspersky has been tracking a monumental bank heist that could have netted thieves up to $900 million.
A group of unknown hackers from Russia, China, and Europe targeted a series of banks over a number of years with a bespoke sophisticated software program to siphon over $300 million from accounts. The banks in question have been made aware of the theft, but have chosen not to disclose them. Kaspersky suggests that over 100 banks could have been targeted, and that the total bounty could amount to a figure beyond $900 million.
Chris Doggett, Managing Director of Kaspersky North America, said, “This is likely the most sophisticated attack the world has seen to date in terms of the tactics and methods that cybercriminals have used to remain covert.”