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3/22/2016
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Cybersecurity Expert Assisting With Bangladesh Bank Heist Probe Goes Missing

A cybersecurity expert was reportedly abducted last week, according to his family, after commenting on an attempted cyberattack of $951 million from Bangladesh's central bank.

IT security expert Tanvir Hassan Zoha, who was helping police in the investigation of the cyberattack against Bangladesh Central Bank, reportedly has disappeared after meeting police and media.

Zoha's wife Kamrun Nahar, said that in early last Thursday morning, Zoha was blindfolded and picked up from a motorized rickshaw by unknown captors, the Irish Examiner reported yesterday.

Early last month, hackers attempted to rob Bangladesh central bank’s New York Fed account used for international payments. Bangladesh bank governor Atiur Rahman resigned from the post after details emerged on the wire transfer of bank’s money ($81 million) to accounts in Philippines.

Before disappearing, Zoha met the special police force appointed by the central bank. He also addressed media, where he talked about three of the user IDs used for the heist, according to the report. Zoha’s wife blamed police for ignoring her husband’s abduction case, and asked the government for help. Police have yet to comment on the his disappearance.

For more on this story, see the Irish Examiner article here.

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hewenthatway
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hewenthatway,
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3/28/2016 | 12:33:07 PM
Re: In situations like this, one has to be careful to assume
True, may be unrelated, but that doesn't change the fact that he should have been watched over and protected while assisting in the investigation..

What about forensic investigations in other countries from an IT professional perspective?  Telecommuting may be a good option but still...even the simple fact of *helping* can put a target on your head wherever you are (online or offline).  

I see this as just another example of how infosec and physec go hand in hand.
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Dr.T,
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3/24/2016 | 1:42:37 PM
Re: In situations like this, one has to be careful to assume
"... The fact that this person was abducted from a riskhaw should give an indication of the type of environment involved here ..."

I agree.  Things may really be unrelated. The police should have one objective: to protect all the individuals and the public.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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3/24/2016 | 1:39:55 PM
Re: Scary
"... Why would you help if you receive little to no protection in return. ..."

Good questions. Another question would be what other groups in the country have as much powers as police. 
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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3/24/2016 | 1:37:35 PM
Re: Scary
" ... The police are then nowhere to be found or available to offer help ..."

This true in most underdeveloped countries. Police would overreach and scare and suppress public in most cases.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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3/24/2016 | 1:34:06 PM
Re: Scary
I certainly agree. Digital world and physical world are not completely separate anymore, we have a digital lives in parallel to our physical lives, we tend to augment our everyday lives toward a digital world.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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3/24/2016 | 1:28:22 PM
Anything can happen
This may turn out to be something completely unrelated but obviously security has real consequences. Security experts require security. Hopefully this person is still safe. 
aws0513
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aws0513,
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3/24/2016 | 11:40:25 AM
In situations like this, one has to be careful to assume
Although the situation seems plausible, there is no direct connection between the banking investigation and the abduction crime.  Until we get substantive proof that these crimes are connected, we may have to think more basically that the victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The fact that this person was abducted from a riskhaw should give an indication of the type of environment involved here.  In such a city, any well-dressed person could quickly become a target for abduction for profit regardless of what that career or activites the target actually may be engaged with.  In poorer, congested cities like Bangladesh, abduction for profit is often a rather common criminal activity.

It is easy to try to connect coincidental dots to say that the abduction is connected to the cyber-crime, but my gut tells me this guy just appeared to be set up financially enough to be a target for people who are willing commit abduction for profit crimes.  The fact that he was riding in an open air rickshaw without any protections just made the crime easier to commit.
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RyanSepe,
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3/24/2016 | 9:16:19 AM
Re: Scary
Yes that is very frustrating and will not be good for non-law enforcement individuals to help out in the future. Why would you help if you receive little to no protection in return.
hewenthatway
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hewenthatway,
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3/24/2016 | 6:11:59 AM
Re: Scary
very true indeed-real life consequences

so the special police force needed his help.

Then, he released sensitive info to them (+ the media :/ idk) to help with the investigation.

Then he is kidnapped and who knows what else.

The police are then nowhere to be found or available to offer help.

 

 

 
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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3/22/2016 | 11:02:44 AM
Scary
I understand that the digital world is still in and of itself real. But I feel that situations like this make it more apparent that actions in the digital world can have physical world repercussions.
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