IT/Fraud Frontline

February 2023

  • February 22, 2023

    Counterfeit savings bonds becoming issue in Oklahoma

    SSA Lantz Stuart, with the U. S. Secret Service, one of our federal partners, has shared information that counterfeit U.S. Savings Bonds are being fraudulently negotiated in financial institutions across Oklahoma. He has notified us that losses were large ($176,000) for the impacted banks in Nevada where it originated and nationwide losses are estimated at over $50 million. This activity …

February 2022

  • February 23, 2022

    Agency shares info, tools on cybersecurity as Ukraine crisis heats up

    The following link is a compilation of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency info and tools the OBA’s fraud expert, Elaine Dodd, wanted to provide our bankers. Some of it will not necessarily be new information, but CISA wanted to focus attention to it now due to the escalation of the Russia/Ukraine crisis.

January 2022

  • January 31, 2022

    ATM jackpotting attacks continue in Oklahoma

    We continue to hear from our bankers asking for more information on ATM jackpotting and MITM (Man-in-the-Middle) attacks in our state. A recent Texas Financial Crimes Intelligence Center Intelligence Brief (click here to download) contains updated details on the crime, as well as pictures from convenience store ATMs in Tulsa. A bit of good news is Oklahoma City Police Department recently …

  • January 24, 2022

    Security agencies release alert on foreign cyber threats

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, FBI and the National Security Agency have recently issued an alert titled “Understanding and Mitigating Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Threats to U.S. Critical Infrastructure“. It is a valuable addition to your bank’s cyber toolbox and includes mitigation tactics as well as a technical history of these state-sponsored actors. Detection and incident response are also covered …

December 2021

  • December 16, 2021

    Security advisory released about logging utility

    The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency recently released a security advisory related to a specific logging utility (Log4j) that is embedded in a variety of software enterprise applications. Log4j is very broadly used in a variety of consumer and enterprise services, websites and applications – as well as in operational technology products – to log security and performance information. …

November 2021

  • November 17, 2021

    OBA robbery training video available; info on ATM jackpotting

    As the year barrels toward its end, we listened to our bankers and heard the need for a tool for robbery training. All banks have their own policies, as they should, and those are usually always clearly communicated to staff. To enhance your training, we have recorded a half-hour Zoom training that includes the basics and best practices on which …

  • November 4, 2021

    Cryptocurrency, ransomware make for dangerous combination

    It’s hardly shocking increased use and recognition of cryptocurrency creates new opportunities and challenges for banks. What might surprise you, though, is exactly how the emergence of virtual currency is leaving financial institutions more vulnerable to an all-too-common problem: ransomware. According to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the total U.S.-dollar value of ransomware-related transactions reported during the first half of 2021 …

September 2021

  • September 3, 2021

    Advisory released on ransomware, wire fraud awareness for holidays, weekends

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency recently released a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory, urging businesses to defend themselves from ransomware threats during the holidays and weekends when most businesses are closed. Ransomware attacks and wire fraud with a high impact are most likely to occur just before holidays and weekends. Bankers should encourage their coworkers …

August 2021

  • August 26, 2021

    Resources, tools, info on latest frauds affecting Oklahoma

    Our federal law enforcement partners have been working overtime to try to help banks stay ahead of the challenges encountered with both cyber-criminals and bad actors that impact bank ATMs in multiple ways. Law enforcement partners and our statewide MAFIA groups have shared multiple resources and tools, which we are including in this Fraud Alert. Let’s get started! •         • …

August 2020

  • August 11, 2020

    Additional information on SBA loan frauds

    Oklahoma banks are still working hard to detect fraud in EIDL SBA loans, and to get those funds returned to our government. John Bernardo, with the FBI, reached out to his contacts and was able to get us contact with Roger Pak, a special agent with the SBA. Both have provided questions that will be helpful in making a fraud …