In the theft, the attackers, using a global payment messaging system known as SWIFT, were able to persuade the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to move money from the Bangladesh bank to accounts in the Philippines. The SWIFT system is used by some 11,000 banks and companies to transfer money from one country to another.

Researchers discovered that a rare piece of code used in the theft had also been used in the hacking attack on Sony Pictures in December 2014

via U.S. investigating North Korea’s possible role in cyberheist of $81M from Bangladesh central bank — National Post

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