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Hollywood lie: Bank hacks takes months, not seconds

Hollywood lie: Bank hacks takes months, not seconds (Trends, Reports, Analysis)

A report published today by cyber-security firm Bitdefender gives one of the best views we ever got into the inner-workings of a modern bank heist, and more particularly, a bank heist carried out by Carbanak, a group of hackers responsible for stealing more than one billion euros from banks all over the world. Unlike Hollywood movies where bank cyber-heists happen within seconds, in the real world, hackers spend weeks inside banks' IT systems, gathering intel, and preparing for the day when they're ready to spring into action and steal funds. The group's spear-phishing abilities are legendary among hacker groups, going in some cases as far as targeting tech support or call center operators, to make sure bank employees had opened the malicious documents they've sent over via email. According to a timeline of events reconstructed by Bitdefender's investigators, the hackers take their time, meticulously making their way through the bank's network until they reach systems that store sensitive documents or have access to banking applications.

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