Banks and large companies use a global network, SWIFT, to transfer money around the world. Of late, hackers have illegally transferred money. How they did it? By attacking weak links in the network – like individual bank computers that were compromised years ago and left unprotected.
Or as the WSJ reports, “Other attempts to probe payment networks include a 2009 attack in which hackers sent millions of fake emails to small and medium-size businesses that appeared to come from a separate U.S. funds-transfer network managed by a group called Nacha. Recipients who clicked on the link downloaded malware that allowed criminals to capture the user’s credentials as they entered the bank’s website.”
Lesson learned. Hackers LOVE small businesses (or weak links in big businesses). They use these links to to connect to bigger networks.
YOUR small business is important, keep it SECURE.