North Korea likely behind $81M hack at the Federal Reserve, report says

North Korea may have been behind last year's $81 million heist at the Bangladesh central bank's account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, according to new evidence.

According to a new report from Kaspersky Labs, a cyber security firm, there is digital evidence that Lazarus, a group linked to the heist, used a direct connection from an IP address in North Korea to a European server, which ultimately was behind controlling the systems used in the heist.


From Kaspersky:  In February 2016, a group of hackers (unidentified at that time) attempted to steal $851 million USD, and managed to transfer $81 million USD from the Central Bank of Bangladesh. This is considered to be one of the largest, most successful cyber heists ever. Further investigation conducted by researchers from different IT security companies, including Kaspersky Lab, revealed a high chance that the attacks were conducted by Lazarus – a notorious cyber espionage and sabotage group responsible for a series of regular and devastating attacks, and known for attacking manufacturing companies, media and financial institutions in at least 18 countries around the world since 2009.

FILE - In this May 10, 2016, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at parade participants at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)