DHAKA, Bangladesh – Bangladesh’s government said Tuesday, March 8, it was planning to sue the Federal Reserve Bank of New York after hackers allegedly stole nearly $100 million from a reserve account.
Suspected Chinese hackers stole the money from Bangladesh’s foreign exchange account on February 5, according to a Dhaka central bank official and media reports.
But the US reserve bank, which manages the Bangladesh Bank reserve account, denies its systems were breached.
“We’ve heard that Federal Reserve Bank of New York has completely denied their responsibility. They don’t have any right,” Finance Minister A.M.A. Muhith told reporters in Dhaka.
“Of course, we’ll file a case against them. We have kept the money with them. They are responsible,” he said, when asked what action his government would take against the bank.
An official told Agence France-Presse the stolen money was illegally transferred online to the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh Bank, the central bank, on Monday, March 7, said it had recovered part of the money and was in contact with the Philippines’ anti-money laundering authorities to track down the rest.
On its official Twitter account, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York wrote: “Regarding hacking reports, there is no evidence of attempts to penetrate Federal Reserve systems & no evidence Fed systems were compromised.” – Rappler.com