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Up to a dozen banks are reportedly investigating potential SWIFT breaches

More banks have reportedly launched investigations into potential security breaches on their networks after hackers stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank earlier this year through rogue SWIFT transfers.

Security firm FireEye, which was hired to investigate the Bangladesh bank attack, was also called in to look for possible compromises at up to 12 additional banks, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing an unnamed source familiar with the investigations.

Most of the banks are from Southeast Asia but include banks in the Philippines and New Zealand, Bloomberg reported.

The Bangladesh bank heist was pulled off with the help of custom malware that was designed to interfere with the software used by banks to perform transactions on the SWIFT global financial network. Similar malware was later found on the systems of a bank in Vietnam.

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