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Online banking system hacked in Kazakhstan

29 january 2014, 19:11
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©AFP
The online banking system has been hacked in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports citing the press-service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan. The hackers have already been arrested by the ‘K’ Department of the Criminal Police Committee in a joint operation with the police of Akmola, Kostanay, East Kazakhstan, Karaganda and Atyrau Oblasts.

The hackers have stolen over 300 million tenge ($1.9 million). They implanted malware in to their victims' computers by sending emails disguised as mail from Kazakhstan tax authorities to companies based in Astana, Almaty and other large cities of Kazakhstan. "Using the malware the hackers gained access to the data stored in the computers and and trapped keyboard combinations, including passwords to online banking services," the press-service explained.

They were mostly targeting accountants of different companies who had access to online transactions. To cash out the money stolen from the accounts, the hackers forged IDs and used frontmen to opened bank accounts in various banks in Kazakhstan. Then they made money transfers to these accounts using hacked passwords and cashed them out.

The police seized the computer used to plant the malware and hack the accounts. They also found forged bank transfer orders, documents and equipment for making of fake documents and seals in an apartment of one of the arrested hackers.

The hackers are under arrest on Fraud changes. The police is investigating further to see if there were involved in any unsolved crimes.

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