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Major Banks Attacked by Hackers in 2016, Says Russian Security Service

Lenders such as Sberbank, Rosbank, Alfa Bank, Bank of Moscow, as well as the Moscow Exchange and other institutions were the targets of "a massive attack" from hackers between November 8 and November 14.

Reuters

Updated:January 27, 2017, 6:06 PM IST
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Major Banks Attacked by Hackers in 2016, Says Russian Security Service
Russian Security Service says Major banks were attacked in 2016. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

Russia's major commercial banks came under cyber attacks in November last year, the country's Federal Security Service said on Friday, Interfax news agency reported.

Lenders such as Sberbank, Rosbank, Alfa Bank, Bank of Moscow, as well as the Moscow Exchange and other institutions were the targets of "a massive attack" from hackers between November 8 and November 14, deputy head of the Security Service Dmitry Shalkov said.

"Analysis shows that the number of information attacks at Russian official information resources is on the rise. There were 70 million (such attacks) in 2016," Shalkov said, adding it was a threefold increase from a year earlier.

The attacks were countered by banks' cybersecurity services in coordinations with the Security Service, he said.

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