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The rapidly growing hacking crew dubbed Silence, has – in less than three years – gone from ransacking small regional banks in Eastern Europe to stealing millions from some of the largest international banks.
A report issued this morning by Singapore-based infosec outfit Group-IB claims that Silence, active since 2016, is now operating in more than 30 countries, and has so far been able to infiltrate banks' computer networks to siphon at least $4.2m from compromised cash machines around the world.
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Group-IB, which has monitored the cyber-crooks since their earliest days, says that as the Russian gang grew, so did the sophistication of their work. Now, having survived three years, Silence is operating as an extremely sophisticated and capable crew.
"Early on, Silence showed signs of immaturity in their tools, techniques, and procedures by making mistakes and copying practices from other groups," the report, due to appear on Group-IB's website today, recounts. "Now, Silence is one of the most active threat actors targeting the financial sector."
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When we last took a look at Silence, the crew was fresh off of its largest-ever financial hacking caper: nicking $3m from Bangladesh-based Dutch Bangla's cash machines.
Since then, Group-IB estimates that the team has grown even more ambitious, sending out more than 170,000 emails to banks around the world, with a focus on Asia, where 80,000 messages were...
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