April 15, 2021
Recently, I spoke to a gentleman who runs security at a small federal credit union, and that person said that his institution ended up printing its own cards in-house, after learning from his financial services provider that his order for about 2,000 new customer cards, compromised in Target`s breach, must be behind a backlog of more than 2 million orders from other banks. Johnson did not say which bank was in his business account. For its part, BofA`s eBanking plan applies only to consumer accounts, not businesses. But if this type of trend becomes more mainstream among commercial banking customers, more and more small businesses will be put online in the banking sector, not knowing how to protect themselves from organized cyber thieves who have stolen at least $70 million from small and medium-sized enterprises in recent years. No, there is no leverage or legal obligation for them to make this letter. Your bank does not have a contract that requires it to have it issued; they have done nothing wrong and are therefore not held accountable; And the law generally does not require it. They must satisfy them (if possible) and get them to voluntarily issue the letter. The non-detention clause is not an absolute protection against actions or liability. In total, the attackers appear to have recruited at least two dozen silver masons to drag the stolen loot. With the exception of two of the mules, they used or opened accounts at four of the country`s five major U.S. banks, including Bank of America, Chase, Citibank and Wells Fargo.
There is no doubt that these institutions now account for a significant percentage of individuals` accounts in America, but interviews with mules recruited by this criminal gang indicate that they have been ordered to open accounts with these institutions if they did not already have them. Over the past three years, I have spoken to many financial industry conferences to talk about these cyberheists, and one question that is almost always asked of me is, “Is it safer for companies to do banking with large institutions?” This is a difficult question to answer because online banking remains a legally and financially risky business for any business, regardless of the bank it uses. Businesses do not have the same protection against fraud as consumers; If a Trojan horse browses an organization`s online accounts, that victims` organization is legally responsible for the loss. The financial institution may decide to reimburse the victim some or all of the fraud costs, but it is exclusively at the bank. Fortunately for the Littles, the FBI managed to freeze the transfer of $180,000 as soon as it reached TD Bank`s account. However, efforts to recover the stolen funds were immediately hampered when the Littles` credit union refused to give Bank of America a so-called “Hold-Schad” agreement, which the largest bank wanted as a legal guarantee before declaring itself ready to help.
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