Why are Russian bank cards no longer of interest to hackers?

Since April 2022, Russian bank cards are no longer of interest to hackers. This was stated by RIA Novosti on the eve of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) Sergey Golovanov. He explained this by the fact that cyber fraudsters will not be able to buy anything with them while abroad.

What is the expert's analysis based on?

According to Golovanov, Kaspersky Lab maintains detailed graphs of cyber incidents recorded since February 24. According to him, the demand for payment information of Russian cards either fell or increased.

“If we take a graph, for example, of trading Russian bank card data on the Internet, then it also looks interesting. February 24 is coming, and the number of ads “I will sell cardboard of such and such a bank” falls, — said the specialist.

And a few weeks later, he added, the number of ads rose sharply, and then also fell sharply and the level did not rise again.

Thus, the expert concluded that since April 2022, Russian bank cards have ceased to be “attractive”; for hackers. “Abroad, they [hackers] can’t buy anything with them,” — said Golovanov.

According to him, only opportunities for card fraud remain in Russia.

When did Visa and Mastercard suspend operations in Russia?

The international systems Visa and Mastercard against the background of the introduction of Western anti-Russian sanctions in early March 2022 announced the suspension of operations in Russia. Their cards issued by Russian banks continue to work in Russia as usual, however, purchases abroad and in foreign online stores are not available to Russians.

We also note that since June 14, the SWIFT international system of interbank transactions has stopped servicing three Russian banks — Sberbank, Rossselkhozbank (RSHB) and the Moscow Credit Bank (MCB), writes RBC. Earlier, seven more domestic banks were disconnected from the SWIFT system: VTB, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank, VEB.RF, Sovcombank, Rossiya and “Opening”.

However, as representatives of Sberbank and Rosselkhozbank said, disconnection from the international system will not affect transfers within the country. According to the RSHB press service, “the bank uses alternative systems for transmitting financial messages between financial institutions that have long existed and are used in the Russian banking system.”




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