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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Kotak arm for infra debt fund services gets RBI registration

Kotak Mahindra Bank today said its subsidiary for providing infrastructure debt fund services has been registered with the Reserve Bank of India.

"The Reserve Bank has issued a Certificate of Registration to Kotak Infrastructure Debt Fund, subsidiary of the Bank," the bank said in a filing.

With this, the subsidiary will commence business of non-banking financial institution as Infrastructure Debt Fund (NBFC-IDF), it said.

IDFs are investment instruments sponsored by banks or NBFCs, in which domestic/offshore institutional investors, specially insurance and pension funds, can invest through units and bonds issued by them.

Source : Economic Times
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SBI ATM in Odisha spews out cash automatically, bank suspects malware attacks

State Bank of India has ordered a forensic audit into an automated teller machine in Odisha that spewed out cash without any card being swiped. It's one of about 10 cash dispensers around the country belonging to various banks that have behaved in this manner.

The suspicion is that these are localised hacks on machines running outdated software but don't involve any wider network infections.

"A forensic audit is currently underway and we are trying to understand whether a software malfunction caused the glitch in its systems," said a senior State Bank of India official.

"Typically, an audit takes around four to six weeks to be completed we should get the report within the end of this month."

Experts said the ATMs may have been subjected to a 'physical' malware attack that involves plugging a device — say a laptop or phone — into the dispenser's USB port to transfer an infected file or virus that causes the machine to behave erratically. The anomalies have been witnessed in states such as Odisha, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, said people with knowledge of the matter.

"Around 10 ATMs have been affected as per preliminary information," said Navroze Dastur, managing director of India and South Asia operations at NCR Corporation, which sells and maintains ATMs.

"The Reserve Bank of India is aware of the situation and we are closely working with National Payments Corporation of India to tell banks what security measures are needed to protect the machines." The note spewing hasn't caused a big dent but SBI is looking to get to the root of the matter.

"This has not caused a significant loss to the bank because the money kept in a single machine is usually less than Rs 10 lakh and directly no customer account has been affected since no card was swiped," said the SBI official.

"The audit is being done to understand how it can be rectified." Experts pointed out that a number of machines are running obsolete Windows XP software, which Microsoft has stopped updating. "Banks mostly do not service and update these machines on time, which makes them vulnerable to highly sophisticated attacks as fraudsters use the most advanced technology available," said a top executive at an ATM deployment company.

Initial reports suggest the criminals target machines in remote locations that are usually left unguarded, allowing them to open the outer casing to access the USB port. Once infected, the machine can be remotely controlled by a virtual keyboard and instructed to spew out cash.

"There are keys available which allow an ATM to be opened by unauthorised persons as well and then it needs to be connected to a system through a cord to transfer the virus," said Altaf Halde, managing director for South Asia at Kaspersky Labs, a cyber security firm. "Leading banks and ATM service providers of the country have reached out to us to understand the threat and how it can be dealt with."

Source : Economic Times
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