Documents and computer files released by hackers provide a blueprint for how the U.S. National Security Agency likely used weaknesses in commercially available software to gain access to the global system for transferring money between banks, a review of the data showed. On Friday, a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers released documents and files indicating NSA had accessed the SWIFT money-transfer system through service providers in the Middle East and Latin America. That release was the latest in a series of disclosures by the group in recent months. Matt Suiche, founder of cybersecurity firm Comae Technologies, wrote in a blog post that screen shots indicated some SWIFT affiliates were using Windows servers that were vulnerable at the time, in 2013, to the Microsoft exploits published by the Shadow Brokers. He said he concluded that the NSA took advantage and got in that way. "As soon as they bypass the firewalls, they target the machines using Microsoft exploits," Suiche told … [Read more...] about Hacker documents show NSA tools for breaching global money transfer system
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A food vendor stands in a busy street in Hanoi. As Asians switch from traditional occupations, farms and factories, the contribution of service industries to the region's economy is poised to exceed 50 percent for the first time, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from government statistics. Dinh Tu quit being a monk three years ago and worked in a yoga studio in Ho Chi Minh City to cater to a growing Vietnamese middle class who are finding new outlets for their money. These days, he's selling insurance, too. "People in Vietnam have more to spend now," said the 40-year-old agent for Tokyo-based Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. "Because I'm no longer a monk, I have to worry about financial pressures, too. I can see that insurance is a good business." As Tu and millions of other Asians switch from traditional occupations, farms and factories, the contribution of service industries to the region's emerging economies is poised to exceed 50 percent for the first time, according to data … [Read more...] about Services set to take largest share of GDP in Asia
NEW YORK - Because the sums were large and such attacks are relatively new, the two Middle East banks hit in a $45 million ATM heist face an uncertain path in trying to recover their losses, financial, insurance and legal experts say. Oman-based Bank of Muscat lost $40 million and United Arab Emirates-based National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah PSC (RAKBANK) lost $5 million in the global heist, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday. Hackers gained access through third-party companies that processed transactions for prepaid debit cards issued by the banks, the prosecutors said. While details of what happened are still sketchy, experts said the banks could bring claims against the processing companies in court, or they could file claims with their own and the processing companies' insurers. "There's no hard and fast rule," said Dan Karson, the Americas chairman of Kroll Advisory Solutions. "We're in very much a new cybersphere of finance, and allocating liability is still very much … [Read more...] about For banks in cyber heist, how to get their money back?
A new variety of banh xeo to sample in Ben Tre By Lam Van Son in Ben Tre Banh xeo (pan cake) is a traditional dish which people normally use shrimp, pork with mushroom and bean sprouts to create a mouth-watering delight. But banh xeo made of oc gao ( snail) and pachyrrhizus is a new Ben Tre classic and one you must sample if you come to this beautiful province. From Dinh Khao ferry station in the Mekong Delta province, you travel around 12 kilometers to Cho Lach District, then make a right turn and after five kilometers there is an oc gao reserve area. The reserve covers 150 hectares of Co Chien River. Coming to the area, tourists can witness the lively scene of people searching for snails and then try this most wonderful meal. To make the oc gao dish, you use flour like a normal pancake, but mix it with coconut water, then put in the snails together with bean sprouts and sliced pachyrrhizus and you can taste the results. Pleasure and pain of douc research in Son Tra By Michael … [Read more...] about A new variety of banh xeo to sample in Ben Tre
Two years to the day since 195 nations sealed the Paris Agreement to avert worst-case-scenario climate change, the World Bank said it would stop financing oil and gas exploration and extraction - about two per cent of its portfolio now - from 2019.On the sidelines of a summit of some 60 leaders called by French President Emmanuel Macron, French insurer Axa said it would speed up its carbon sector divestment, pulling €2.5 billion (US$2.9 billion) from companies which derive more than 30 per cent of their revenues from coal.Dutch bank ING said it would have "close to zero exposure" to coal power generation by 2025, and a group of more than 200 global investors, including banking giant HSBC, launched a campaign to pressurise the world's largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters - including BP, Airbus, Volkswagen, and Glencore - to go greener.Summit participants, meanwhile, warned that … [Read more...] about Banks, companies turn against coal as leaders seek cash for climate