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How millions from the Bangladesh Bank heist disappeared

Bangladesh Bank was hit

By: Eastern Eye Staff

When the Federal Reserve Bank of New York cleared five transactions made by the Bangladesh Bank hackers, the money went in two directions. On Thursday, February 4, the Fed’s system sent $20 million (£15m) to Sri Lanka and $81m (£61m) to the Philippines. The Sri Lankan transaction contained a small but crucial error: The money was being sent to a bank account in the name of a nonprofit foundation, but the electronic message spelled it “fundation”. That prompted Deutsche Bank, an intermediary in the transaction, and a Sri Lankan bank to contact Bangladesh Bank, which led to the payment being…

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