BB withdraws cyber security alert, nullifies malware

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:11, Jan 21,2021


Internet connectivity for most of the officials of the Bangladesh Bank was restored on Thursday after being snapped for ordinary users for 10 days as cyber security issues have been settled, BB officials said.

‘We have already restored internet connectivity for most of the officials and by the end of the day it will be made accessible to all,’ BB executive director Muhammad Zakir Hasan told New Age on Thursday.

He, however, said that the snapping of internet made no interruption in providing the central bank’s services.

On January 10, the central had suspended internet access for its officials, citing cyber security as a reason.

The BB had taken the move following the identification of some malicious software programmes known as spywares and malwares on the BB’s server when the new antivirus installation process started.

Tackling malwares a regular phenomenon in the cyber space, said Zakir, adding, ‘We have followed a set of procedures after noticing a malware.’

Besides the malware issue, the BB’s internet connectivity faced disruption due to maintenance of sewerage system, he said.

Cyber security in the country’s banking sector has emerged as a major issue after the $101 hacking from the BB’s reserve kept with the Federal Reserve Bank in New York in February, 2016.

The hackers then succeeded to breach the cyber security of the BB by injecting malware into the central bank’s system.

A large portion of the stolen money is yet to be recovered.

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