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U.S. Treasury Warns Financial Institutions of Venezuelan Corruption and Money Laundering

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued an advisory on September 20 warning U.S. financial institutions of “money laundering schemes used by corrupt Venezuelan...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017

McAfee Report Lists Health Care Sector as Most Targeted Industry for Cyber-Attacks - In its cybersecurity incident report outlining vulnerabilities for the second quarter of 2017, security firm McAfee lists the health care...more

Data Breach at Italy’s No. 1 Bank Exposes 400,000 Accounts

Italy’s top bank, UniCredit SpA, is yet another victim in a series of cyberattacks exploiting vulnerabilities in the financial services industry. Criminals made off with biographical and loan data from 400,000 UniCredit loan...more

New Nevada Law Recognizes Enforceability of Blockchain Transactions; Blocks Local Government Regulation and Taxation

Senate Bill 398, unanimously passed by the Nevada legislature and signed into law by the Governor on June 5th, represents the most far-reaching state legislation to date concerning the use of blockchain technology. Blockchain...more

SWIFT Shores Up Network Security With Real Time Cybersecurity Tools

In an effort to combat an increasing number of fraudulent transfers carried out using its network, SWIFT, the international bank transfer network, announced this month that it is adding new tools and controls designed to...more

Sony Cyber-Attackers Lurking at Financial Supervisor “Watering Hole” Target Banks and Others

Cybersecurity specialists at BAE Systems and Symantec announced last week new evidence suggesting that the criminals behind the notorious 2014 attack on Sony Corp. are also responsible for recent cyber-attacks involving 104...more

Bank Objections Play Key Role in Delay of New York Cybersecurity Regulation

The New York Department of Financial Services announced last week that it will revise and delay the effective date of its proposed cybersecurity regulation. The announcement came two days after New York bankers brought up a...more

Tesco Bank Cyber-Robbery—Some Implications for U.S. Banks—and their Depositors

UK-based Tesco Bank froze online transactions on Monday after discovering that cyber-criminals stole money from 20,000 different customer accounts. The exact method used by the perpetrators is still under review, but...more

In Wake of Cyber-Attacks, Regulators Focus on SWIFT as Senators Urge Obama to Press G20 to Combat Cybercrime

As cyber-attacks involving the global payment system SWIFT increase in frequency abroad, U.S. regulators are discussing steps designed to protect against similar attacks on U.S. financial institutions. The Federal Reserve,...more

Ukrainian bank loses $10 million in latest SWIFT cyber-attack

An unnamed bank in Ukraine is the most recent victim in a series of cyber-attacks exploiting vulnerabilities in the international banking communications system. According to an independent IT monitoring organization, hackers...more

European Banking Authority contemplates the use of consumer data by financial institutions

In order to better address both the opportunities and risks associated with the innovative use of consumer data by financial institutions, the European Banking Authority (EBA) released a discussion paper last week seeking...more

Recent indictment underscores threat to financial institutions’ cybersecurity

In an era of cyberwarfare, financial institutions can find themselves in the crossfire. The U.S. government indicted seven Iranian hackers last week, charging the individuals for their roles in a 2011 series of cyber-attacks...more

FDIC cybersecurity framework features four areas critical to bank security

Long gone are the days when a financial institution’s primary security concern was protecting cash in the bank vault, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) acknowledges in its recent article, “A Framework for...more

FAST Act loosens financial institutions’ privacy policy notice requirements

In addition to providing long-term funding for highway infrastructure improvements and other transportation projects, the newly enacted Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) seeks to reduce consumer confusion...more

Cybersecurity and resiliency: The Financial Sector’s “New Frontier”

“The Internet has a dark side,” Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin remarked while addressing senior level banking executives at this year’s Clearing House Annual Conference. Raskin focused her comments on malicious...more

New Landmark Consumer Disclosure Rules Trigger Privacy Concerns

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule is designed to prevent surprises at the closing table, but with increased transparency come concerns over borrower and seller...more

Protecting financial institutions in cyberspace—U.S. financial regulators come up with a new tool kit to stem cyberthreats

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has recently developed a new tool to help U.S. financial institutions combat the increasing volume and sophistication of cyber attacks. To blunt threats to a...more

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