Hackers steal $15 million from Mexico financial system

Mexican authorities say an investigation is under way, without indicating if the suspected hackers were domestic or international. (AFP)
Updated 17 May 2018
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Hackers steal $15 million from Mexico financial system

MEXICO: Hackers who targeted Mexico’s interbank payment system made off with more than $15 million in the past several weeks, the Bank of Mexico said Wednesday.
The amount of funds involved in the irregular activity totaled “approximately 300 million pesos ($15.3 million),” central bank governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon told reporters.
He said commercial bank customers’ accounts were never in danger.
An investigation is under way, the governor said, without indicating if the suspected hackers were domestic or international.
The interbank payments system allows banks to make real-time transfers to each other.
They connect via their own computer systems or an external provider — the point where the attacks appear to have taken place, Lorenza Martinez, director general of the corporate payments and services system at the central bank, said on Monday.
Martinez revealed that at least five attacks had occurred but, at that time, said the amount taken was still being analyzed.
After the attacks were detected, banks switched to a slower but more secure method.


Seven injured in massive blaze at German theme park

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Seven injured in massive blaze at German theme park

  • It took 250 firefighters until the next morning to extinguish the inferno, which sent huge columns of black smoke into the air.
  • The cause of the blaze remains under investigation

FRANKFURT: Seven firefighters were injured in efforts to put out a massive blaze at Germany’s largest amusement park, police said Sunday, as it reopened to visitors despite extensive damage to some areas.
The fire at Europa-Park started early Saturday evening in a storage facility before engulfing the Pirates of Batavia boat ride, completely destroying the attraction.
It took some 250 firefighters until the next morning to extinguish the inferno, which sent huge columns of black smoke into the air.
Dramatic images of the raging fire were widely captured by visitors to the theme park in Rust, southwestern Germany and shared on social media.
Some 25,000 people had to be evacuated from the park, but none suffered any injuries.
The local Offenburg police said in a statement that the blaze had left seven firefighters “lightly injured,” without giving details.
All of them were able to leave hospital after receiving medical attention.
Europa-park opened its doors as normal on Sunday, although large sections of the Dutch and Scandinavian-themed areas remain closed because of fire damage.
Europa-park’s chief executive Michael Mack tweeted his thanks for the rescue services, saying Saturday had been “a sad day” for the park.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. Police said some firefighters remained at the scene to carry out damping down operations and secure the area to allow experts to assess the damage.
Founded in 1975, Europa-Park is Europe’s second-most popular amusement park after Disneyland, attracting some 5.7 million visitors last year.