http://www.mosnews.com/news/2005/03/30/stolentransactions.shtml MosNews 30.03.2005 Russian hackers have stolen the database of Central Bank transactions from April 2003 to September 2004, the Vedomosti newspaper wrote on Wednesday. In February an advert appeared on the Internet offering copies of the Russian Central Bank database detailing transactions over a period of 18 months. The database was offered for $800-1000, according to one of those selling the information, the paper said. A month ago, the database was selling at $1500-2000. A representative of www.tschoice.com, currently unavailable, said the database could not become a popular item because of the high price. The executive secretary of the Moscow government's Business Council Information Market Security Commission, Oleg Yashin, was quoted by the paper as saying there were several people selling the databases. The transactions database is 60 gigabytes and is sold with a hard disk. Adverts says the database has detailed information on transactions: payers, addressees, banks and the payment purpose. A database fragment bought by the paper for 1,500 rubles in a month said the biggest payment of Vneshtorgbank in February 2004 (2.96 billion rubles) was made for a transfer of AvtoVAZ bonds. The paper was unable to get information from AvtoVAZ. The information technology director of Vneshtorgbank said the bank does not make deals it wants to keep a secret, but "the appearance of such a database cannot but disturb. I will put serious questions to the colleagues of the agencies that are supposed to control data security." The Central Bank Interregional Information Technology Center that keeps data on bank transactions did not respond to the paper’s request for comments on the reports. The Federal Finance Monitoring Service’s press secretary said it does not have full information on transactions. The Russian Criminal Code stipulates a two-year prison term for collecting secret banking or commercial information and three years for the use of it. Illegal access to computer information can lead to five years in prison. Similar information on telephone users, mobile telephone users, and wanted criminals has been sold in the past after computer databases were also hacked. _________________________________________ Network Security - http://www.auditmypc.com Free vulnerability test - How secure is your computer?
This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.3 : Thu Mar 31 2005 - 15:48:19 PST