Keystroke Logging in Action

By Deane Barker on August 16, 2006

Lessons Learned from Biggest Bank Heist in History: In the comments on yesterday’s post about hardware keystroke loggers, someone posted a link to this story about a near-heist at the Japanese bank, Sumitomo Mitsui. Would-be robbers used this exact attack.

By installing software keystroke loggers on the PCs that belonged to the bank personnel responsible for wire transfers over the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) network, the thieves captured credentials that were then used to transfer 220 million pounds (call it half-a-billion dollars).

Apparently, Sumitomo Mitsui now superglues their keyboards into the machines.

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