SWIFT-related bank heists
Date of report
  • May 2016
A threat actor targets the worldwide financial transfer mechanism known as SWIFT to steal funds from banks in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Ecuador, and Poland. This is the first instance in where a state-sponsored actor was discovered to have compromised networks for financial gain. In September 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice announced criminal charges alleging that North Korean entities were responsible for this incident.
Suspected victims
  • Bangladesh Central Bank
  • Poland
  • Tien Phong Bank
  • Banco Del Austro
Suspected state sponsor
  • Korea (Democratic People's Republic of)
Type of incident
  • Financial Theft
Target category
  • Government
Victim government reaction
  • Yes
Policy response
Suspected state sponsor response