Romanian banks attacked by Israeli hackers

Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) prosecutors have dismantled a network made up of Romanian and Israeli citizens that broke into the servers of Romanian banks and stole confidential information. DIICOT announced in a press communiqué that the prosecutors “have dismantled a transnational organized crime group made up of Israeli and Romanian citizens specializing in cyber crimes and money laundering, a group that was using substantial financial funds.” The operation took place at the notice and with the support of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).

On Tuesday morning investigators conducted house searches at several addresses in Bucharest and Ilfov County. DIICOT prosecutors pointed out that two suspects committed cyber crimes against Romanian banks, in complicity with crime groups from the Middle East.

“In this case there is the reasonable suspicion that from October 2014 to February 2015 suspects Iahr Gioara and Azouri Oren Avraham (Israeli citizens) conducted cyber crimes against the national banking system, by using highly complex technical means, in complicity with crime entities from the Middle East region,” the aforementioned document points out.

DIICOT pointed out that the hackers gained access to confidential data from the servers of the banks they targeted.

Prosecutors point out that the actions of the members of the crime group “affected the safety and integrity of information stored in the national banking infrastructures by gaining clandestine access to and extracting data from information systems, through the use of malware applications particularly adapted for achieving their criminal purpose.”


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