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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Hackers in 2016 stole 2 billion rubles -- equivalent to $31 million -- from accounts that banks keep at Russia's central bank.
The Bank of Russia confirmed the cyberattacks and the extent of the losses to CNNMoney on Friday.
Hackers had tried to steal 5 billion rubles, but the central banking authority managed to stop them and redirect the funds, according to central bank security executive Artiom Sychev.
"We were lucky to return some of money," said a central bank spokesperson.
The hackers targeted commercial banks, but they also stole cash from their clients, the central bank reported.
The central bank did not say when the cyberheists occurred, but said they took place over 2016. They also did not say how hackers moved the funds. But so far, the attack bears some similarity to a recent string of heists that has targeted the worldwide financial system.
In January 2015, hackers got a hold of an Ecuadorian bank's codes for using SWIFT, the worldwide interbank communication network that settles transactions. They used Banco del Austro's credentials to steal money the bank kept at Wells Fargo.
In October, hackers used the same technique to slip into a bank in the Philippines.
Two months later, hackers tried to make fraudulent requests at a commercial bank in Vietnam. They were stopped.
This past February, computer hackers stole $101 million from Bangladesh's central bank -- also by gaining access to SWIFT. That time, the bank robbers made five transfers out of Bangladesh Bank's account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The hackers tried to steal $951 million, but the Fed cut them off before the completion of the theft.
Researchers at the cybersecurity firm Symantec have concluded that the global banking system has been under sustained attack from a sophisticated group -- dubbed "Lazarus" -- that has been linked to North Korea.
But it's unclear who has attacked Russian banks this time around.
Earlier Friday, the Russian government claimed it had foiled an attempt to erode public confidence in its financial system.
Russian's top law enforcement agency, the FSB, said hackers were planning to use a collection of computer servers in the Netherlands to attack Russian banks. Typically, hackers use this kind of infrastructure to launch a "denial of service" attack, which disrupts websites and business operations by flooding a target with data.
The FSB said hackers also planned to spread fake news about Russian banks, sending mass text messages and publishing stories on social media questioning their financial stability and licenses to operate.
Editors note: This story has been updated to clarify that the losses cited from cyberattacks at Russia's central bank were for 2016, not a single attack.
The holidays are the season of giving to friends and loved ones, but unfortunately not everyone has the ability to give.
OAKLAND, California (CNN) - A fire broke out Friday night during a party at a two-story warehouse and artists' studio in Oakland, killing at least nine people and leaving about two dozen missing, the California city's fire chief said.
Initial reports indicate dozens of people -- perhaps up to 100 -- were in the building when the fire started, Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said.
Most of the dead were on the second floor, where people would have had difficulty leaving because one stairway -- made of pallets -- was the only way down to the floor below, Reed said.
"It must have been a very fast-moving fire," she told reporters Saturday morning.
"There wasn't a clear entry or exit path up on the second floor. ... If (the fire) had started in that area (by the stairwell), then everyone on the second floor" would have had trouble escaping, she said.
Firefighters were called to the fire at 1305 31st Ave. around 11:32 p.m. PT, the fire department said. Details about what led to the fire weren't immediately available.
Twenty-five people are unaccounted for, as reported by people who either escaped the fire or believe they knew someone who was there, Reed said.
"We don't know if any of them went someplace else, self-transported to the hospital," Reed said.
People were reporting some of the missing on a Facebook page.
Firefighters have not been able to search the entire building; crews, possibly with heavy equipment, first will have to remove debris and make sure the building is safe for searching, Reed said.
Terry Lightfoot, a representative of Oakland's Highland Hospital, told CNN that the hospital received two patients and one of them has been discharged. Lightfoot did not know the condition of the patient who remained hospitalized.
An artists' studio
Reed said the building "was kind of like an artist studio" that had partitions where artists worked.
She said she has heard reports that some people may have been living there, but there were no bedrooms, per se. It wasn't clear how many people lived there, if anyone, she said.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Coroner's Bureau has been called to the scene.
MISSOULA, Mont. - Four Montanans have been selected to represent the United States at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games March 14-25, in Austria.
Cedar Vance of Whitefish and Trevor Trainer of Great Falls will be attending as members of Special Olympics USA.
“It doesn’t matter if you win or lose.” Vance said. “Having good sportsmanship and inspiring people is more important.”
In preparation of the World Games, Vance and Trainer will join 148 of their teammates at the Special Olympics USA training camp in Killington, Vermont.
Timothy Zavarelli from Missoula and Captain Art Collins with the Montana Highway Patrol will be delivering the Flame of Hope to the World Winter Games Opening Ceremony as members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg Team.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to attend the Final Leg of the World Games,” Captain Collins said. “I am looking forward to interacting with athletes and law enforcement officers from around the globe who share the same passion for Special Olympics as my fellow officers and I do in Montana.”
Zavarelli is only one of four people in the United States participating in the Final Leg.
The games happen every two years and alternate between summer and winter games.
Nearly 3,000 athletes and 1,100 coaches from 110 nations will compete at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
The Detroit Red Wings placed left winger Justin Abdelkader on seven-day injured reserve Saturday due to a sprained right MCL.
Abdelkader, 29, is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press on Friday.
Abdelkader was injured when he fell awkwardly during Thursday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers at Joe Louis Arena. He has four goals and four assists in 22 games this season.
The Red Wings also recalled center Tomas Nosek and defenseman Brian Lashoff from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins, and moved center Andreas Athanasiou from seven-day injured reserve to long-term IR, retroactive to Nov. 11.
Nosek, 24, produced two goals and eight assists in 11 games for Grand Rapids since returning from a preseason injury, tying for sixth on the team in scoring. He made his NHL debut with the Red Wings last season and totaled six games with the team, recording two penalty minutes, six hits and three takeaways in 10:08 average time on ice.
Lashoff, 26, skated in 18 games with the Griffins this season, with one goal, two assists and eight penalty minutes. The ninth-year pro played in 117 games for the Red Wings since making his NHL debut in 2012-13, totaling 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) and 57 penalty minutes. He last played for the Red Wings during the 2014-15 season, where he played in 11 contests and picked up two assists.
Athanasiou, 22, sprained his knee on Nov. 10 against Vancouver. He has four goals and one assist in 13 games this season.