March 6, 2015 By Joseph P. Farrell

Yesterday I blogged about the continuing phenomenon of suicided bankers, and the increasingly bizarre ways they appear to be meeting their unfortunate deaths, the most recent case in point being the possible "murder by hypothermia on the bitter side of a mountain" of Ms. Kate Matrosova, a Russian born "credit trader" for BNP Paribas. I have also speculated that their deaths seem to indicate a tenuous pattern of connections to computer-generated trades, a connection to the derivatives markets, and to mortgage fraud in the case of Mr. Richard Talley (who committed "suicide", we're told, by using a nailgun to drive no less than eight nails into his brain... yea... right. I believe that, don't you? I believe in Santa Claus and the Warren Report too).  I also suggested, yesterday, that perhaps the problem is that these bankers have stumbled across some evidence of some "outside" activity or entity that has penetrated the system and using it for its own purposes.

In that vein, Mr. S.D.  and Ms. M.W. both shared this story, one from the U.K. perspective, and one from the U.S.A. perspective, and both equally illuminating, if not a bit unsettling:

Hackers steal £650 million in world's biggest bank raid

Hackers steal up to $1 billion from banks, security co. says

There's an interesting pattern here that both articles have noted. Firstly, the attacks were directed at the banks themselves rather than any of their individual depositors. Secondly, the attacks appear - or at least, this is what we're told - to have originated from Russia, from private interests apparently intent only on enriching themselves. Thirdly, a Russian firm itself, Kaspersky, a well-known and respected private computer security firm, detected the event.

There is, however, an important point to notice in the "USA" perspective article:

"Most of the targets have been in Russia, the U.S., Germany, China and Ukraine, although the attackers may be expanding throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, Kaspersky says. In one case, a bank lost $7.3 million through ATM fraud. In another case, a financial institution lost $10 million by the attackers exploiting its online banking platform."
If one looks at that list of targets-by-country, it is odd that the four mentioned - Russia, China, the USA, and Germany - are all involved as direct participants in the ongoing problems of the fifth country mentioned, the Ukraine. China may seem odd to mention in this respect, but its government, you'll recall, recently announced it stood with Russia on points of foreign policy and geopolitics, a nice euphemistic and Chinese way of saying we support Russia's position vis-a-vis the Ukraine. So high octane speculation number one: are we looking at a message of some sort from some hidden party, to sort the situation out, or lose even more money?
And entertaining that possibility opens up others, namely, that hacking itself might have been a component of that hidden system of finance for a long long time. We've entertained this possibility and speculation before in connection to the bankers' suspicious deaths, but now this global hacking scheme might have raised the bar on those speculations considerably, and I strongly suspect that even though the losses here, some billion dollars, seems a large amount, the real message is something far deeper, and more sinister. There's a hidden player on the block, and I strongly suspect that pinning the blame on obscure "Russian hackers" - admittedly some of the best in the world - might be a bit of opportunistic propaganda. But whether some independent Russian group or someone else, I suspect that perhaps with this hacking episode, we may have just had another subtle announcement of "another player on the block."
See you on the flip side...