Banking industry fears hackers can too easily attack the global financial system

In February, computer hackers stole $101 million from Bangladesh’s central bank. In a potentially disastrous move, they gained access to SWIFT, the worldwide interbank communication network that settles transactions.

Hackers performed that attack a second time recently, on what is believed to be a commercial bank in Vietnam.

On Monday morning, those attacks were discussed in stark terms by bankers present at a special meeting of President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

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