Central Bank will change the order of payments to combat hackers

The Bank of Russia intends to change the current approach to making payments in the fight against hackers. On Monday, January 30, the newspaper “Kommersant”.

The Central Bank has dispatched to heads of IT departments of Russian banks the letter in which asked to 10 February to assess in terms of what they can implement encryption of payments sent to the regulator at the level of the automated banking system (ABS complex, consisting of many computers within a single protected circuit). Formed in the ABS registries are received at the workstation client the Bank of Russia (AWS CBD) is a special computer at the Bank in a separate protected circuit, it take payments to the Bank.

Implementation of encryption systems at the ABS will help protect the data at an earlier stage. According to the regulator, this will make it harder for intruders terms of attacks and reduce the level of theft. “The measure is proposed on the basis of analysis of the facts of theft of funds from commercial banks and takes into account international experience and current trends. This was the practice in almost all major payment systems,” — said the press service of the Bank of Russia.

Theft that mentions the controller, it attacks on banks in late 2015 or early 2016. Then the hackers tried to withdraw of 2.87 billion rubles, managed to prevent the illegal withdrawal of 1.67 billion. The attack occurred when transferring data from the ABS arm of the CBD within the Bank.

Bankers refer to this idea negatively and to officially comment on the initiative of the Central Bank do not want the newspaper said.

In early December of 2016, the Federal security service warned of possible massive cyber attack on Russian banks. On the same day, the representative of the Central Bank reported that the total losses of domestic credit institutions and their customers from hackers from the beginning of 2016 amounted to two billion rubles.