Banks take extra security measures to hack SWIFT

Banks take extra security measures to hack SWIFT

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International banks have additional security measures taken on their SWIFT system to computerinbraken to avoid. Hackers are becoming increasingly successful in penetrating into the systems to get large sums of money to steal.

There is new software linked to the system, there are more checks performed by employees and partner banks is asked the same measures.

The banks have agreed to new measures at the annual conference of betaaloperator SWIFT in Geneva. SWIFT CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt warned that hackers are becoming more sophisticated.

Banks were on the dangers of hackers pointed out when in February the central bank of Bangladesh became victim of a hack on the SWIFT system for international bankverkeer. Hackers have 81 million dollars captured.


The major French bank Société Générale says extra measures have been taken in addition to the measures that SWIFT recommends.

Employees who instructions via the SWIFT system to send, are required to have their fingerprint issue. They also need to enter a password and unlock the computer with a physical key.

The bank urges the partners to use the same system to use. Transactions refuse because there is no digital fingerprint, is Société Générale too far, because that is the international traffic disrupts.

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