Online Security SWIFT to Introduce Tool to Spot Fraudulent Inter-Bank Messages

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Interbank messaging service SWIFT, which is used to transfer trillions of dollars between banks every day, will launch a new tool to spot fraudulent messages, seeking to restore trust in the system after millions of dollars were stolen in cyber raids.

Belgium-based SWIFT said on Wednesday that it will offer clients a service that will be able to learn a user bank's messaging patterns so that it can spot if a payment is being made to an unusual counterparty or for an unusual amount.

Last year $81 million was stolen from Bangladesh's central bank after thieves hacked into its SWIFT system and sent instructions to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to pay money from Bangladesh Bank's account to parties in Asia.

SWIFT was criticised last year by some users and industry players for failing to beef up security on its system even as the risk of cyber-attacks increased and the network expanded to include smaller institutions with more lax security procedures.

Though SWIFT launched a range of new security measures and services in September, the latest product -- due to be introduced early next year -- will "red-flag", or put on hold, payment instructions that exceed limits set by clients or are deemed anomalous by the system's learning software.

“The new payment controls service is a direct response to our community’s request for additional services to complement and strengthen existing fraud controls," SWIFT Chairman Yawar Shah said.

Luc Meurant, SWIFT's head of financial crime compliance services, told Reuters that the service would be targeted initially at institutions and central banks with small messaging volumes because they might not be able to afford to develop such detection tools themselves.

He said the service could cost small users as little as 10,000 euros a year, though prices have yet to be finalised.

(Editing by David Goodman)

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Andersen, L. P., Kines, P., & Hasle, P. (2007). Owner attitudes and self reported behavior towards modified work after occupational injury absence in small enterprises: a qualitative study. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 17, 107-121.

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Shaw, L, Domanski, S., Freeman, A., & Hoffele, C. (2008). An investigation of a workplace-based return-to-work program for shoulder injuries. Work, 30(3), 267-275.

Online Security - What is Pharming and how can you Prevent this Online Fraud?

When we look around we are amazed at the speed with which the world is changing. Online fraud techniques such as Pharming and other cyber-crime attacks are at all time high. To overcome such challenges, we need to at least have some basic understanding of these terms. The intention of this informational document is to approach the problem with a solution.

What is Pharming

Pharming redirects Internet users from legitimate websites to malicious ones using a strategy called DNS Cache Poisoning – where corrupt data is inserted into the cache database of a DNS.

The attacker uses several ways to carry out pharming attacks, one of the most popular way is to modify the Host file. The Pharmer covertly hijacks your computer and takes you to a forged website. Your browser may display the legitimate URL, but you will not be on the legitimate server. This, in most cases, is a page that looks identical to that of your bank, financial institution or online shopping websites like, eBay, or Amazon. Here, the attacker seeks your confidential information like credit card numbers, account passwords, etc.

The Hosts fi­le allows storing IP & domain names to speed up sur­fing and avoid consulting a DNS server. So, every time a user enters the address into the browser, the PC accesses the Hosts fi­le fi­rst and, if it ­finds this domain name, it takes up the IP address of a website. Now if the Hosts file is modified, the user will be redirected to the wrong website, where the attacker will be waiting to steals the credentials.

To carry out a pharming attack, the attacker typically makes use of the following:

  1. A Batch Script to write the malicious IP and domain names onto the Hosts ­files.
  1. A Joiner to join the batch ­file onto another fi­le
  1. A Code Obfuscator to help the executable escape detection from anti-virus software.

Phishing vs Pharming

You need to be clear about the difference between Pharming and Phishing. Phishing attacks start with the receipt of an e-mail asking you to visit a website where you may get compromised. Pharming attacks start at the DNS server level where you are redirected to a malicious website.

How to mitigate Pharming attack

Use an anti-virus program which protects you from unauthorized alterations of the Host file is one way. Also, you should regularly patch your operating system and the installed software.

More sophisticated pharming attacks target the DNS server which is usually handled by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In such a scenario, a user has few options at hand to handle the risk and he can do little against it, except using trustworthy DNS servers.

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Feb.14, 2017    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016

2016

Nov.10, 2016    -       Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016

Aug.10, 2016    -       Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016

June.23, 2016    -     The 29th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

May.20, 2016    -      Investors Meeting for Fiscal Year 2015 Business Results

May.12, 2016    -       Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for Fiscal Year

2015

Feb.12, 2016    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015

2015

Nov.26, 2015    -       Investors Meeting for the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 Business Results

Nov.12, 2015    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015

Aug.11, 2015    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2015

June.25, 2015    -      The 28th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

May.21, 2015    -       Investors Meeting for Fiscal Year 2014 Business Results

May.14, 2015    -       Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2014

Feb.18, 2015    -        Investors Meeting for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014 Business Results

Feb.12, 2015    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014

2014

Nov.20, 2014    -       Investors Meeting for the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014 Business Results

Nov.13, 2014    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014

Aug.20, 2014    -       Investors Meeting for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014 Business Results

Aug.12, 2014    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014

Jun.26, 2014    -       The 27th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

May.20, 2014    -      Investors Meeting for Fiscal Year 2013 Business Results

May.13, 2014    -       Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2013

Feb.19, 2014    -        Investors Meeting for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 Business Results

Feb.13, 2014    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013

2013

Nov.12, 2013    -        Investors Meeting for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2013 Business Results

Nov.12, 2013    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013

Aug.21, 2013    -        Investors Meeting for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 Business Results

Aug.13, 2013    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2013

Jun.27, 2013    -        The 26th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

May.16, 2013    -       Investors Meeting for Fiscal Year 2012 Business Results

May.14, 2013    -       Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2012

Mar.22, 2013    -       Investors Meeting for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012 Business Results

Mar.14, 2013     -      Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012

2012

Dec.19, 2012    -        Investors Meeting for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2012 Business Results

Dec.13, 2012    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012

Sep.11, 2012    -         Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2012

Jul.26, 2012    -         The 25th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

Jun.20, 2012    -       Investors Meeting for Fiscal Year 2011 Business Results

Jun.08, 2012    -       Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2011

Mar.09, 2012    -       Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011

Feb.28, 2012    -       The Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

2011

Dec.20, 2011    -        Investors Meeting for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2011 Business Results

Dec.08, 2011    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011

Sep.08, 2011    -        Announcement of Consolidated Financial Results for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011

Jul.28, 2011    -         The 24th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

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December 2013

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October 2013

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“How to set up your business as an tax accountant.”

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“Let’s become a winner as an tax accountant.”                        

September, 2013

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“Let’s become a winner as an tax accountant.”

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September 2012

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August 2012

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