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Crime The Almighty Buck

Security Researcher Goes Missing After Investigating Bangladesh Bank Cyber-Heist (softpedia.com) 60

An anonymous reader writes: Tanvir Hassan Zoha, 34, security researcher, has gone missing just days after accusing Bangladesh's central bank officials of negligence, which facilitated the theft of over $81 million from the country's oversea accounts (hackers tried to steal $1 billion, but a typo stopped them). Zoha was apparently kidnapped this Wednesday after a jeep pulled over in front of his rickshaw. The friend that was with him was released hours later unharmed. When trying to contact police, family members were re-routed between police stations, and eventually gave up, contacting the media.
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Security Researcher Goes Missing After Investigating Bangladesh Bank Cyber-Heist

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  • by Enter the Shoggoth ( 1362079 ) on Saturday March 19, 2016 @01:22AM (#51729561)

    Many of us in the west will instinctively think of this as a developing world scenario but really how different is it to the way things are heading in the developed world?

    • by Falconhell ( 1289630 ) on Saturday March 19, 2016 @01:47AM (#51729657) Journal

      Heading? we have been there for years.
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wik... [wikipedia.org]

      • So you assert that he was assassinated rather than committed suicide? What evidence do you have to add to the investigation that was somehow missed?

    • Please. We're far too civilized for this.

      Why do you think we have that ridiculous amount of laws nobody could possibly heed? You go arrest him, I'll grab the book and find something we can tack to him that sticks.

    • One wood chipper pass and then fed to chickens.

      Untraceable.

    • but really how different is it to the way things are heading in the developed world?

      Very different. Security researchers in the developed world are never kidnapped from their rickshaws.

  • You would think that a security researcher would travel in a more secure way than by rickshaw.
    • Re:Not very secure (Score:4, Informative)

      by whoever57 ( 658626 ) on Saturday March 19, 2016 @02:20AM (#51729763) Journal

      You would think that a security researcher would travel in a more secure way than by rickshaw.

      You haven't been to India have you?

      It was an auto-rickshaw, known elsewhere as a tuk-tuk.

      • Oh. That's very different. The bamboo the passenger compartment is made of is bulletproof, right?

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by radicimo ( 33693 )
      To be precise, it was a "CNG auto-rickshaw" ... doubt he felt he was in any danger until the moment they whisked him off. From the run-around his family got [bdnews24.com] by the local constabulary, it sounds as if the local police are part of the rendition, if no more than serving as an obstruction for someone else.
  • Has to be the largest single heist attempt ever, though perhaps pales to the systemic pillaging that Kaspersky mentioned last year. [kaspersky.com] ... and they would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling keys.
  • by is7s ( 4496745 )
    To be honest, it's a third-world country... what did you expect

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