Taiwans CIB to send team to Sri Lanka to probe bank hacking

“We are looking at some US$1.3 million that had come into three accounts in Sri Lanka,” an unnamed Sri Lankan official involved with the investigation was quoted as saying in an AFP report. “We have taken two people into custody, and we are looking for one more person.”On Saturday, Far Eastern Bank said it had recovered most of the stolen money and that its losses would amount to no more than US$500,000. The bank said it noticed some irregularities in its computerized transaction system on Tuesday and then discovered that some of its computers and servers had been infected with malware.The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication’s (SWIFT) network was also compromised, which allowed the hackers to wire money to international destinations such as Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the United States, Far Eastern Bank said.The bank said that on Thursday it reported the matter to Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) and the CIB, which in turn informed the International Criminal Police Organization and asked for assistance. The FSC said that it was an isolated case in Taiwan and advised that Far Eastern Bank, not its customers, should absorb the losses, the bank said. Two suspects were arrested last week in Sri Lanka when they tried to withdraw the money, and police there were look for a third person, according to the news reports. According to local and regional news reports, Far Eastern International Bank was hacked by means of a computer virus and some US$60 million was wired to the accounts of the suspects at a Sri Lanka bank in the capital Colombo. Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Monday that it was preparing to send investigators to Sri Lanka to seek further details on the reported arrest there of two suspects accused of helping hackers stealing millions of US dollars from a Taiwanese bank, Focus Taiwan reported.However, due to the fact that Taiwan has no diplomatic ties with Sri Lanka or any Government representatives stationed there, the CIB says it would take some time to get everything in order for the investigators to go there. Over the weekend, after Premier Lai Ching-te was informed about the case, he asked the relevant agencies to review Taiwan’s information security and to close any loopholes, according to Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Chaotic BBC Sports Personality of the Year sees Sir Mo Farah cut

first_imgThe BBC’s Sports Personality of The Year awards show was beset with awkward moments and technical glitches.Sir Mo Farah, the shock winner, lost his chance to give an acceptance speech when the video feed cut out just as he was handed the trophy.Earlier, his son burst into tears while the athlete was being interviewed before having to be carried off to bed. In perhaps the most memorable moment of the evening, Sir Mo was upstaged by his son Hussein.During a video-link interview with presenter Gabby Logan, Hussein reached over and pulled off Sir Mo’s microphone. Sir Mo’s daughter, Rhianna, partially rescued the situation by removing her two-year-old brother from shot. Thankfully, the athlete saw the funny side of the situation – but was left sitting on his microphone for much of the interview.In another awkward moment, Paula Radcliffe’s husband was caught on camera looking sceptical as Sir Mo was announced as the winner. Radcliffe’s husband doesn’t look thrilled with #SPOTY17 result! pic.twitter.com/2vKXEnQPvs— David Sheehan (@DavidSSport) December 17, 2017 And in a less than celebratory scene, Chris Froome was asked about his failed drugs test in a video interview.”I do completely get it, I understand the concerns… I know how some people might look at our sport,” he said, adding that he suffers asthma and has never taken more medication than allowed. In a subsequent interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sir Mo finally had his moment. “Thank you to everyone that voted for me, I’m just sorry I can’t be there to celebrate.”It’s something special, it’s pretty amazing. I watch BBC Sports Personality of the Year every year and it’s incredible to actually win this.”center_img Rhianna takes the initiative to remove her younger brother from shotCredit:David Davies /PA Rhianna takes the initiative to remove her younger brother from shot He said: “I didn’t see this coming, I thought I wasn’t going to win it. You look at this year and Jonnie Peacock, Anthony Joshua, Lewis Hamilton, it’s been incredible.”Sir Mo added: “When you see that list and put yourself in there, you think, ‘I might finish top three, maybe’.””Having come so close after London 2012, I thought that was my best chance of winning. I just thought, ‘Mate, this thing is hard to win!’. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.last_img read more