If you’re going to steal $200M, do your homework

How police busted UK’s biggest cybercrime case

they used commercial keystroke-logging software – not spyware or specialist hardware, as initially and widely reported – to capture usernames and passwords needed to make Swift bank transfers.

These stolen login credentials were used in an unsuccessful attempt to transfer money to ten overseas accounts under the control of fraudsters a month later.

Repeated attempts to transfer funds to accounts in Spain, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore failed because of errors in completing one of the fields in the Swift system used to make transfers.

It makes you wonder how much went into the pocket of people with slightly better typing skills or a little more information, and possibly a touch less grandiosity.


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