Babylon's Bankers

HACKING THE BANKS… MESSAGES, PATTERNS, AND POSSIBILITIES…

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...

15 thoughts on “HACKING THE BANKS… MESSAGES, PATTERNS, AND POSSIBILITIES…”

  1. Blue Dragon Lord

    Reporting stolen money as hacks very convenient some may have been hacked sure but the rest in the back pocket just rounding up the figure but what do you expect from crooks those outside the bank and those inside it is now their nature.

  2. The bankers must feel more secure now, the gov is moving on the problem, no expense is too big for security. Congruity has flown out the window a long time ago,,,

    Why Is The US Treasury Quietly Ordering “Survival Kits” For US Bankers? | Global Research

  3. Hawkeye Lockhart

    Once again, the recent film BLACKHAT comes to mind, as well as NOW YOU SEE ME, another heist film but of the ‘whitehat’ variety. Seems writers and producers are onto the gaming of the game as well, and word is spreading. Can John Q. Public see the analogy of conspiratorial subject matter and todays financial headlines?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ1ZDlLImF8&spfreload=10
    Set within the world of global cybercrime, Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzJNYYkkhzc&spfreload=10
    FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money

    1. Blue Dragon Lord

      Two superb examples Hawkeye enjoyed those films and white hats and 21 as sometimes it is the more you see the less you know about those standing up against tyranny everyone believes in magic robin hood and even santa clause because the feel good factor of the child like innocence helps us cope for these issues the moral if there was one was about payback taking back what was lost perhaps. Those example make one think and there is the key the what if. People have to hear it and see it over and over it is too big to truly understand the full measure in all at once as to know this has all been going on right in front in plain view makes them feel stupid when they get it this ego hang up truth is the answer keeping on step by step then when they work it out for themselves it is true then it will be accepted.

  4. Robert Barricklow

    There are quite a few “SHOULD BEs” in the of NOTs.
    One of those should bes is “open source everything. We the people, the 99.999% fine; find ourselves being eaten by what is, in essence, a moral fungus or cancer spawned by the .001%.Corruption & lies are the tell-tale sing posts of resistance to optional functionality. In an Open Source community, all costs are minimized while the benefits are optimized. Currently the costs are socialized while the profits are privatized. Transparency, NOT Secrecy; Open Source Means Open To Inspection.
    From the inception of the industrial era, governments as well as corporations have been set up according to the Weberian concept of organizational design, one that emphasizes Command & Control over a rigidly structured “top-down” form. The worst aspect of this form of organization has been its proclivity towards limiting and hoarding into, & Abusing Security. BURY “Rule by Secrecy”.
    Instead use a “Holarchy System” that treats every individual as BOTH an individual & a vital part of the whole.
    Human Beings, who spent centuries evolving away from slavery, were re-commoditized by the industrial state.

    The Truth At Any Cost
    Lowers ALL Costs.

    Stallman argued that software code was quickly becoming the language of communication between people, and between people and things, and that it was immoral and unethical to enclose and privatize the new commercial media, allowing a few corporate players to determine conditions of access while imposing rent. Stallman proclaimed that all software should be free, by which he means “free speech, not free beer”.
    Gates, unfortunately, crushed what “should Be”.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Of course there were “hidden players” behind Gates. These hidden players are in it for Command & Control.

      Sunlight, Open Source, is they’re mortal enemy.

          1. Blue Dragon Lord

            It is a well know fact I too love your comments but really no free beer that is sad where is the motivation. Ok sorry well done Guygrr and RB always see the truth and speak up when and as needed. Just the no free beer will send me into a spiral but i shall get over it just need time right.

  5. Hacking banking, what a job, easy money, and the hours are good. Well if the banks “firewalls” ain’t what they should be, then bank accounts are fair game, unless, there is some “conspiracy”. What I mean is, that banks are “in on the deal”, in other words, they know full well where the money is going. I admit it sounds ridiculous, but looking at banks who launder money for drug dealers, fix exchange rates, kill their employees, it’s not that hard to imagine skullduggery on a massive scale. Well more high octane speculation, and this one would go into the galactic speculation category. Hummmm “galactic”.

  6. MI5-MI6-CIA-FBI-Mossad and others must really be hard up for money. Just using Russian hackers as fronts to cover their tracks. And we mustn’t forget the good old NAZIs up to their old tricks this sure beats counterfeiting then there the uber-usual suspects and greed heads the Rockefellers and Rothschilds.

  7. Wait Santa Claus isn’t real?

    I wonder what the Vatican is up to these days. Something tells me they are summoning a “First Grand Council of the Exorcists”. Time to excise that demon they summoned. What I often wonder is can the quartz and silicon crystals in electronics be used for various nefarious purposes, such as brain entrainment and information/audio recording?

  8. Most of the big hacks are from known backdoors in hardware / software. NSA has a backdoor in SHA-2xx BC hash algo.. MS has backdoors in it’s OS, Linus T. avoided questions about Gummint requested backdoors in the Linux Kernel.. The most successful hackers get someone on the inside of the target they are going to hit. My best guess is, the BC heists have all been from built in backdoors. So, folks unless you build your own computer from the ground up, hardware and software, you should not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

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