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Typo stopped hackers from stealing $1 billion from bank

Typo stopped hackers from stealing $1 billion from Bangladesh bank

Its long time after I’m start writing my blog with some hot topic recently struck the news.

Recently some Hackers attempted stealing up to $1 billion from Bangladesh Central Bank last month, but their plans were partially failed when they attempted a wrong typo in an online transfer request.

How this happened?

Typo stopped hackers from stealing $1 billion from bank. The hackers allegedly gained access to the bank’s transfer codes, using them to send dozens of payment transfer requests totaling $1 billion to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, according to Reuters. The hacker requested shifting of money from the Bangladesh bank to banks in the Philippines, where the funds were then transferred to casinos and converted into chips, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The chips were then cashed out and sent to Hong Kong bank accounts.

Four of those transfer requests totaling $81 million went through. But another request for $20 million was stopped when a routing bank noticed that the name of the transfer’s recipient was misspelled. The transfer indicated it was for a Sri Lankan non-profit organization, but the word “foundation” in the non-profit’s title was spelled “fandation.” The routing bank asked for clarification on the typo, and the Bangladesh bank stopped the funds from going through.

Eventually, the Federal Reserve got suspicious about the unusually high transfer requests coming from the Bangladesh bank, which ultimately alerted the bank to the theft. But the Bangladesh central bank says the Federal Reserve should have done more to stop the hackers, according to Vice. The Bangladesh government plans to sue the Federal Reserve in order to recover some of the funds that were lost, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

About Kamran Mohsin

Kamran Mohsin
Kamran Mohsin is a Certified Ethical Hacker. Currently working as a Penetration Tester within a private company in Pakistan. He is also doing Masters in information Security. He worked in web development (front-back-end) from recent back years. With the passage of time he took interest in Hacking and started to write blogs on IS from late 2015.

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