Malware made by Pakistani or North Korean hacker used in Bangladesh bank heist: Investigators

The malware that was used to steal US$81 million (S$111 million) from Bangladesh Bank was installed in the server at the central bank's building (pictured).
The malware that was used to steal US$81 million (S$111 million) from Bangladesh Bank was installed in the server at the central bank's building (pictured). PHOTO: REUTERS

DHAKA (The Daily Star/Asia News Network) - Malware made by either Pakistani or North Korean hackers was used in stealing US$81 million (S$111 million) from Bangladesh Bank's account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, investigators said on Sunday (May 15).

The malware was installed at the server of Bangladesh's central bank, Mohammed Farashuddin, head of the committee probing one of the largest cyber heists in history, told reporters after a meeting at Bangladesh Bank.

Belgium-based SWIFT, which runs the global financial messaging system, is primarily responsible for the hacking of the central bank reserve, he added.

SWIFT on May 9 rejected allegations by officials in Bangladesh that its technicians made Bangladesh Bank more vulnerable to hacking before the cyber heist in February.

The comments were in response to a Reuters story that cited Bangladeshi police and a central bank official as saying that SWIFT technicians introduced security holes into the bank's network while connecting SWIFT to Bangladesh's first real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system.