Swift admits attacks are “here to stay” – so what can banks do?

New "super attacks" are making traditional methods of defence obsolete

There’s a cultural misconception that security equals lockdown in the financial sector; disclosure runs counter to that perception. Banks are less inclined to share intimate details of attacks because they don’t want to damage market confidence and that makes cyber security a major challenge for the sector. Swift has recently sent a letter out to customers […]

Shadow data – robbing cloud’s silver lining

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Welcome to the dark, scary world of “shadow data”, which can easily turn into a nightmare for enterprises from data governance, compliance, reputation and financial losses points of view… Are you sitting comfortably? Yamini Kona, principal consultant, financial services at Infosys, is going to tell a chilling tale. Imagine a scenario where an employee shares […]

Top fintech stories this week – 2 September 2016

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Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place! Tier 1 US bank live with Temenos core and payments software Part of its American dream. Swift reveals more cyber thefts Private letter goes public. PhonePe and Yes Bank unveil India’s “first” UPI-based payments app Unified Payments Interface […]

Bancolombia’s Nequi first in Colombia to deploy mobile biometrics

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Nequi, a financial mobile banking service from Bancolombia, has become the first in Colombia to deploy mobile biometrics for authentication. The technology – the IdentityX platform – is supplied by US fintech specialist Daon. Users will be asked to provide their biometrics when signing up for Nequi. They will be able to authenticate with a […]

Swift reveals more cyber thefts

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Swift has revealed new hacking attacks on its members’ banks as it pressured them to comply with security procedures instituted after the heist at Bangladesh Bank, according to Reuters. In a private letter to clients, Swift says new cyber theft attempts – some of them successful – have appeared since June, when it last updated […]

Swift slow on strong security say execs

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Current and former executives and managers of Swift, say for years the organisation suspected there were weak points in the way smaller banks used its messaging terminals – but did not address the issues, according to Reuters. In a lengthy investigation by Reuters, sources say that until February, “when hackers tried to steal nearly $1 […]

Oracle’s Micros POS network hacked


Oracle’s global network of 330,000 point-of-sale (POS) payment systems has been hacked by a Russian organised cybercrime group. The breach occurred on the network run by Micros Systems, which Oracle bought in 2014. The incident was first picked up by computer security expert Brian Krebs, who contacted Oracle for comment. The firm acknowledged it has […]

Rizal Commercial Banking Corp fined $21m over cybersecurity failings


The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Philippines’ central bank, has issued a PHP 1 billion ($21 million) fine to Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) for cybersecurity failings. RCBC was used by cyber criminals to channel $81 million stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank earlier this year. According to BSP, the fine was “the largest amount it has […]

FICO quarterly income and revenue up


FICO, an analytics and decision management software provider, has reported a rise in revenue and income for its third fiscal quarter. For the period ended 30 June 2016, net income totalled $35.0 million, or $1.08 per share, versus $19.9 million, or $0.62 per share, reported in the prior year period. Non-GAAP net income for the […]

Swift seeks stronger network security

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Swift is turning to outside help as it looks to improve security on its network following a number of hacking incidents. It has engaged cyber security firms BAE Systems and Fox-IT, and created a Forensics and Customer Security Intelligence team, as it wants to investigate security incidents “within customer environments”. The move follows a spate […]