Cybercriminal Crew Anunak or Carbanak Might Have Made Nearly $1 Billion from Hacking

Cybercriminal Crew Anunak or Carbanak Might Have Made Nearly $1 Billion from Hacking

Russian security solutions firm Kaspersky reported that the hackers crew that breached Staples data last year appears to have robbed far more banks than initially thought.

The report estimates that the crew last year stole data of nearly 1.16 million payment cards and some other private information as well. The cybercriminal gang known as Anunak or Carbanak might have made up to $1 billion from their past thefts.

The security firms said that the hackers made bulk of money by attacking up to 100 banks, online payment systems and other financial institutions across 30 different countries.

Kaspersky also believes that the hackers are a native of Russia, Ukraine, Europe and China. As reported earlier the hackers installed software that allowed them to steal money directly from ATMs.

The Anunak crew breached systems with smart spear phishing technique, said Kaspersky. It said the hackers crew tricked the users by prompting them to click on malicious downloads via email.

Once the hackers entered into the network they kept track of every activity of system admins and found the suitable way to steal money secretly.

According to media reports, there have been no major events this year involving Anunak. As in 2015 the financial industry has been busy with more innovative criminal groups such as Dyre and Dridex.

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