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$1,901,269 is how much attackers were able to wire out of Experi-Metal’s Comerica bank account in the span of three hours. This was a phishing attack that cause damage to Experi-Metal Inc. (EMI)’s financial assets and raised the questions of liability and “What is reasonable security?”
The continuing court case is attempting to answer that question. Looking at the facts, although Comerica was putting authentication policies in place, such as using secure token technology, there was still a user created gap which allowed for the attackers to gain access. An attack only needs access to happen.
Although Comerica was able to recover all of the funds but $560,000 EMI is still pressing charges, saying that Comerica exposed EMI’s users to the phishing attack. Comerica is of course implying that any EMI employee responsible for financial transactions should have caught on that the phishing site was a scam.
The decision has still not been made in the favor of either company in terms of liability. Although the contracts originally signed by the two companies will favor Comerica Bank, the fact that the banking industry demands stronger authentication and therefore Comerica has easier access to advanced technologies does not look good for them. It will be interesting to see how the case progresses in mid-November.