North Korea-linked hackers stole tens of millions from ATMs across the world

Hackers with links to the North Korean government used sophisticated Trojan malware dubbed “Trojan.Fastcash” to steal tens of millions of dollars from ATMs across Asia and Africa, according to a report from the cybersecurity firm Symantec. The hacking group, known as Lazarus, used the malware to infect the servers controlling the ATMs, allowing them to intercept their own fraudulent transaction requests and withdraw cash.

Similar ATM attacks have been raising alarms since late 2016, according to a warning released last month by Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), the organization responsible for analyzing and reducing cyber threats. One event in 2017 saw cash simultaneously withdrawn from ATMs across 30…

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