Feedzai has announced its Quarterly Financial Crime Report, an analysis of over 12 billion global banking transactions from January – March 2021. The report identifies trends in spending and in fraud attempts to show that this past quarter, as consumer activities increased, fraudsters attempted to hide their fraudulent transactions in legitimate banking. In fact, combining all banking fraud – internet, telephone, and branch – attacks grew a whopping 159% in Q1 2021 compared to Q4 2020.
Unfortunately, the unquestionable convenience and accessibility of ATMs is also the source of their greatest downfall. Being both unguarded and money-loaded, they are an obvious target for criminal activities and low-risk, high-reward theft opportunities for perpetrators. It is for this reason that 2020 experienced a drastic uptick in the number of ATM heists across the United States.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) reported the key issues facing the federal banking system and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the federal banking industry in its Semiannual Risk Perspective for Fall 2020.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (collectively, the agencies) issued an interagency paper titled “Sound Practices to Strengthen Operational Resilience.” The sound practices paper generally describes standards for operational resilience set forth in the agencies’ existing rules and guidance for domestic banking organizations that have average total consolidated assets greater than or equal to (1) $250 billion or (2) $100 billion and have $75 billion or more in average cross-jurisdictional activity, average weighted short-term wholesale funding, average nonbank assets, or average off-balance-sheet exposure.
Financial services institutions and banks around the globe face monumental challenges as they look to streamline service delivery for customer transactions, manage multi-party loan processes, collaborate on industry benchmarks and indices, and eliminate fraud and cybercrime. Historically the market has primarily relied upon manual approaches for sharing and managing transaction data. But advances in confidential computing (sometimes called CC or trusted computing), combined with federated machine learning (FML), are helping financial organizations better share data and outcomes, while alleviating many privacy and security concerns.
To meet modern day challenges and address the evolving retail bank landscape, Origin Bank embraces innovative technology and solutions that boost efficiencies, reduce fraud and enhance service. The organization considers the protection of its clients’ assets to be paramount and strives to deliver a safe banking experience.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) are issuing a joint technical alert about an ongoing automated teller machine (ATM) cash-out scheme by North Korean government cyber actors – referred to by the U.S. government as “FASTCash 2.0: North Korea's BeagleBoyz Robbing Banks.”
Banks, like other businesses, are taking precautions to make customers feel safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Placing physical distancing markers on the floor, sanitizing ATMs, installing plexiglass partitions at teller booths and requiring scheduled appointments are just some of the ways financial institutions are mitigating risks for customers. Video surveillance can play a vitally important role right now, as banks look to ensure compliance with these new COVID-related safety measures. IP cameras with intelligent security analytics can help rapidly and accurately detect compliance issues, as well as other suspicious or atypical behavior. After all, banks must continue to monitor physical security even throughout the pandemic and today’s IP cameras with intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) technology can help lessen this burden with highly accurate notifications.
The FBI and local police have made tens of arrests across the tri-state area this week as part of a crackdown against multiple criminal gangs who exploited a glitch in the software of Santander ATMs to cash-out more money than was stored on cards, according to ZDNet.
ESET researchers explored Mekotio, a banking trojan targeting Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries: mainly Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Peru and Portugal. Mekotio boasts several typical backdoor activities, including taking screenshots, restarting affected machines, restricting access to legitimate banking websites, and, in some variants, even stealing bitcoins and exfiltrating credentials stored by the Google Chrome browser.