Bangladesh central bank governor resigns over US$81m heist

Governor of the Bangladesh Bank Atiur Rahman at the Advancing Asia Conference in New Delhi on March 12, 2016.
Governor of the Bangladesh Bank Atiur Rahman at the Advancing Asia Conference in New Delhi on March 12, 2016.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

DHAKA (REUTERS) - Bangladesh's central bank governor Atiur Rahman said on Tuesday (March 15) he had resigned after US$81 million (S$111.6 million) was stolen from the bank's account at the New York Fed in one of the largest cyber heists in history.

Rahman told Reuters that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had accepted his resignation.

Unknown hackers breached the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank and transferred US$81 million from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to casinos in the Philippines between Feb 4 and 5.