Cyberattacks cost Latin American banks over $800 million in 2017, says report

Over 90 percent of banks in Latin America and the Caribbean were targets of cyber attack attempts last year – with 37 percent reporting successful intrusions, overwhelmingly for economic reasons, according to a new report published by the Organization of American States (OAS). 

The authors also discovered over half of customers don’t use digital banking services because of a lack of trust in electronic transactions.

The report is below. What are the most interesting findings?


The comprehensive study, which examined data from 191 banks throughout the region with combined assets close to $1 trillion, estimated that the total annual cost of response and recovery to cyberattacks for banks in the Latin American region was roughly $809 million in 2017.

In a statement, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said: “Guaranteeing the safety of citizens, businesses and governments in the online world is one of the priorities on countries’ agendas, since the opportunities offered by digitalization also present risks that must be combatted.”

Separately, the BBC reported September 25 that scammers stole more than £500 million ($657.5 million) from customers of British banks, much of it online.

Here’s the OAS report, collaborate on the questions below or add your own:

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