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The FBI has issued a fraud alert that warns financial institutions that some cyber criminals have shifted their point of attack away from financial institution customers and members instead are directly targeting credit union and bank employees and their computers.

The alert pulled no punches: “Recent FBI reporting indicates a new trend in which cyber criminal actors are using spam and phishing e-mails, keystroke loggers, and Remote Access Trojans (RAT) to compromise financial institution networks and obtain employee login credentials. The stolen credentials were used to initiate unauthorized wire transfers overseas. The wire transfer amounts have varied between $400,000 and $900,000, and, in at least one case, the actor(s) raised the wire transfer limit on the customer’s account to allow for a larger transfer.”

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