System Wide Hack at Polish Banking Sector
The Banks are investigating what is being considered as the largest system hack in the country’s history after malware was discovered on various workstations in the Polish banking industry. The malware infection ironically has resulted from the compromised servers at the Polish financial regulator, KNF itself. The KNF decided to take down its entire system after the discovery of suspicious downloads infecting various banking systems. The regulator has confirmed that their internal systems have been compromised by some foreign hackers.
At least 20 banks have found their system affected by the causality. Upon the initial infection stages, the antivirus solutions were incapable of detecting the malware. The attack didn’t compromise with the savings of the customers. However, it was a different scenario with information theft with several organisations reporting encrypted transfers of their data to unfamiliar servers. These cases would eventually take the losses much beyond its borders.
While the regulator KNF and financial institutions are looking into the matter, the Polish bank association is keen in reassuring the customers that their money is safe with the banks and that the Polish banking industry operates generally. This so-called water hole technique of hacking is much more sophisticated than the previous Lazarus attacks, pointing out at the innovation hackers are putting into gaining malicious access to critical sites.