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Malware links SWIFT breaches at banks to N. Korean hackers

Malware links suggest that North Korean hackers might be behind recent attacks against several Asian banks, including the theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank earlier this year.

Security researchers from Symantec have found evidence that the malware used in the Bangladesh Bank cyberheist was used in targeted attacks against an unnamed bank in the Philippines. The same malware was also previously linked to an attempted theft of $1 million from Tien Phong Bank in Vietnam.

Symantec confirmed the earlier findings of researchers from BAE Systems who found code similarities between the Bangladesh Bank malware, which was used to modify SWIFT transfers, and the malicious program used in attacks against Sony Pictures Entertainment in December 2014.

The U.S. government attributed the Sony attack to North Korea. FBI Director James Comey said last year he had “very high confidence” in that attribution despite denials from the North Korean government and the skepticism of some security researchers.

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