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Entities in $81M bank heist trade threats

Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) yesterday said  Bangladesh Bank (BB), the central bank of Bangladesh should stop its cover-up on the $81-million cyberheist that happened two years ago.

RCBC also said BB should release findings of its own investigation on the heist and  identify and sue the persons responsible in its central bank.

“RCBC has had it and will consider a lawsuit against Bangladesh central bank officials for claiming the bank had a hand in the $81-million cyberheist two years ago,” RCBC in a statement said.

The statement came after Reuters on Wednesday reported  BB will file a lawsuit against RCBC in a New York court within two to three months in connection with the reserve theft.

Reuters quoted  BB deputy governor Abu Hena Mohd. Razee Hassan as saying the central bank is in talks with the Federal Reserve Bank and SWIFT to join in the lawsuit as they are also victims.

But RCBC maintained  it is not liable to pay BB for the theft of $81 million from its funds deposited at the New York Fed and that BB is “ perpetuating the cover-up and using RCBC as a scapegoat to keep their people in the dark.”

“We will not allow them to continue to malign RCBC. Various reports, including their own, indicate an inside job. BB and Dhaka officials refuse to release their findings to hide from the Bangladeshi public what could very well be the involvement of its own officials who may have helped loot their money deposited with the New York Federal Reserve,” RCBC said.

The bank, among the country’s biggest, added that should BB sue, RCBC is “ready and prepared.”

“The first thing we will ask is for BB and Dhaka to submit to court their findings. If they refuse, they will immediately suffer from comparison since RCBC willingly shared information to the extent allowed by law. And why sue RCBC when they should be suing instead their own, the criminal elements from within,” RCBC said.

“Again, why is BB not going against those who have been identified as having possession of the remaining money? 
There is none left in RCBC.  It is time for BB and Dhaka to come clean and give its people answers,” RCBC added.

RCBC has said at least five reports – from SWIFT; FireEye, an international cyber security outfit; Bangladesh’s own finance minister; its government-appointed panel; and a Bangladeshi expert -- point to a conclusion that somebody inside BB would have made the heist possible.

It was also reported that BB had no firewall to protect its system and used second-hand $10 switches, making itself vulnerable to hackers.

In January, the hackers also did trial runs but apparently BB did nothing to protect its system.

On Feb. 5, 2016, $81 million was stolen from the account of BB and was deposited to four fictitious accounts in RCBC. 

Bangladesh has only recovered a total of $15.24 million which came from casino junket operator Kam Sin Wong, a.k.a. Kim Wong, and his company Eastern Hawaii Leisure Ltd.

RCBC said it received the funds in good faith because they were cleared and authenticated by the New York Fed and SWIFT, whose secure communications system is used by banks all over the world for their transactions.

Three global banks -- Citibank, New York Mellon and Wells Fargo -- remitted the funds to RCBC.

BB belatedly requested the funds to be frozen using ordinary email message, not the equivalent of a Code Red message banks use to raise an alarm.

This resulted in their message being bunched with thousands of ordinary messages RCBC receives from all other banks all over the world each day.

Last year, the Monetary Board approved the imposition of supervisory enforcement action on RCBC to pay the amount of P1 billion, in connection with the special examination conducted by the BSP relating to the cyberheist.

This is the largest amount ever approved as part of its supervisory enforcement actions on a BSP supervised financial institution (BSFI).

RCBC has said rogue employees were responsible and Philippine prosecutors have filed money laundering charges against a former RCBC bank manager and four people who owned the bank accounts where the funds were sent, but who are not identifiable since the accounts were in fake names.

The Anti-Money Laundering Council last year also charged RCBC’s key officials for violation of Republic Act No. 9160 or the Anti-Money Laundering Act. (J. Calapati with Reuters)
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