Hackers hit Russia’s Central Bank, stealing more than 2 billion rubles

Hackers stole 2 billion rubles ($31.3 million) from correspondent bank accounts at Russia’s central bank, a spokeswoman at the central bank confirmed Friday, adding that the country was devising new measures to be prepared for further attacks.

“We can’t say exactly when, but we can say today it was stolen,” Ekaterina Glebova, an official in the central bank’s press office, told The Wall Street Journal.

The incident is the latest in a string of high-profile cyberattacks, including a $81 million theft in February from Bangladesh central bank’s account at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank in New York and others in Vietnam and Ecuador. The global money transfer network Swift was caught up in that theft, because the Fed acted on fraudulent, but authenticated payment instructions sent over the network.



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