Russian Bank Customers Hit by Hackers, had International Raids Planned

  • As per reports, a gang of hackers used malware planted on Android based smartphones of bank customers to raise a sum of more than 50 million roubles. Although their plans to next target European lenders were put to rest by their arrest, they had obtained more sophisticated software to hit the clients of French Banks and other western European nations.

    The 16 suspects were arrested by the Russian law enforcement authorities in November, last year. They had infected more than 3500 devices a day through sources like fake mobile banking applications, pornography and e-commerce programs reaching more than a million smartphones.

    The hacker exploited the weakness in the SMS text message transfer services to target customers of the state lender Sberbank, stealing money from accounts of Alfa bank and online payment company Qiwi.