European Cinema Chain Loses an Astonishing US$21.5 Million to a Business Email Compromise

An European-based cinema chain Pathé lost an enormous fortune of around 19 million euros (US$21.5 million) to a business email compromise (BEC) scam in March 2018 by an attack, which kept running for about a month and ultimately costed the organization 10 percent of its aggregate profit.



The scammers here deserted setting the ‘fake President’ against the ‘real CFO’ for faking French head office missives to the Dutch management.


Beginning with the following mail:

“We are currently carrying out a financial transaction for the acquisition of foreign corporation based in Dubai. The transaction must remain strictly confidential. No one else has to be made aware of it in order to give us an advantage over our competitors.”


Even however the CFO and Chief considered it odd, they pushed on in any case and still sent more than 800,000 in Euros. At the point when more demands pursued, including a few while the CFO was on furlough—the two executives were fired not long after the head office took note of the situation.



In spite of the fact that they weren’t associated with the fraud, Pathé said they could and should have seen the warnings. The business email compromise endeavor was devastatingly effective as they failed to take note of the warnings and there was no security net set up.


Typically a business email compromise is a sort of phishing attack, topped with a dash of ‘targeted’ social engineering however this specific BEC scam was very intriguing since it featured a somewhat extraordinary way to deal with the attack.


As the business email compromise keeps on developing in ubiquity among the scammers, and it’s up to us to battle it. It is progressively essential for any and each organization to consider the BEC important. 

BECs being a standout amongst the most slippery dangers around it is advised for the all the clients to keep their funds operating at a profit as a need, regardless of the fact that whether they disseminate motion pictures, IT administrations, or anything else for the matter.

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