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Hackers steal $6.7 million from South African bank

A perfectly planned and coordinated bank robbery was executed during the first three days of the new year in Johannesburg, and left the targeted South African Postbank - part of the nation's Post Office service - with a loss of some $6.7 million.

Unfortunately, the Postbank's fraud detection system hasn't performed as it should, and the crime was discovered only after everyone returned to work after the holiday break. Apparently, it should not come as a surprise - according to a banking security expert, "the Postbank network and security systems are shocking and in desperate need of an overhaul."

The post office and the police have confirmed that the breach happened and that the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is involved in the investigation. The bank has issued a statement saying that none of its customers' bank accounts were affected by the heist.


Posted on January 17, 2012 at 07:24 PM | Permalink