Published:  04:00 AM, 11 September 2018

Hacker identified but BB mum

Hacker identified but BB mum

News agency Reuters has recently reported that the United States Justice Department has identified and would charge a North Korean hacker over the 2017 global Wanna Cry ransom ware attack as well as over the cyber heist that stole $ 101 million from Bangladesh Bank's reserve in February 2016.

This report appeared in Daily Asian Age too on 7 September (Friday). However, it has raised questions and doubts for what reasons Bangladesh Bank has not yet made any form of statement on the identification of the North Korean hackers by the US Justice Department. 

Economists have said that following the coverage of the report by Reuters with specific references to the US officials, Bangladesh Bank's top functionaries should have talked about the phenomenon to journalists in categorical terms through a press conference or could have at least issued a press release to inform the country's people about the stance of the central bank over this development.

But Bangladesh Bank neither spoke to reporters on the findings of the US Justice Department nor circulated any press note which is a sign of deliberate and mysterious silence of the central bank over the reserve heist and it implies an instance of irresponsibility too according to prominent citizens. 

Allegedly it is not even clear whether Bangladesh Bank is extending enough cooperation and sincerity to rescue the remaining sums of the stolen money from overseas.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith did not say anything either to reporters about the latest news from Reuters about the US Justice Department in connection with Bangladesh Bank's cyber hacking. Political analysts have said that AMA Muhith is often found speaking more than necessary on different occasions which have frequently generated controversies. 

AMA Muhith, despite repeated requests from Bangladesh Embassy in Philippines to stay quiet during 2016, outrageously deplored the top officials of Bangladesh Bank of that time for the cyber heist while the whole world blamed Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) of Philippines. Such reckless comments from AMA Muhith created a great deal of complications in the recovery process of the stolen money. 

Financial experts and civil society members have called upon Bangladesh Bank to clarify its approach to the latest updates on the cyber heist and to immediately publish the inquiry report on the cyber assault. The more it is delayed, the more suspicion and mistrust would come up in people's minds-relevant sources have stated.

It may be added that foreign cyber hackers stole USD 101 million from the central bank's reserve in February 2016. So far around USD 35 million has been retrieved from abroad by Bangladesh government's earnest efforts.

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