Report: Cyber robbers stole $45M worldwide
The United Sates has released a report this afternoon that shows cyber thieves around the world stole $45 million by hacking into debit card companies. They achieved their targets by lifting withdrawal limits and helping themselves from cash machines. According to the US government prosecutor, the massive heist unfolded “in a matter of hours”. Prosecutors have brought charges against eight people accused of forming the plot, which stretched across 26 countries. They allegedly lifted $2.8 million in cash and will now face charges of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and money laundering. The first phase of the attack targeted prepaid debit card accounts, hacking in to eliminate withdrawal limits, then freeing accomplices to raid the ATM machines.
According to details released by officials, the alleged gang first hacked the computer systems of international corporations, then went throughout Manhattan stealing millions of dollars from hundreds of automatic cash machines “in a matter of hours.” Similar operations took place around the world in choreographed assaults carried out on December 22 last year and February 19-20 this year. US authorities confirmed that seven of the eight have been arrested and the eighth, Alberto Yusi Lajud-Pena, was murdered on April 27. The prosecutors revealed that defendants and their co conspirators participated in one of the biggest 21st century bank heist that reached across the Internet and stretched around the world. In the place of guns and masks, this cybercrime organization used laptops and the Internet. The attacks rely upon both highly sophisticated hackers and organized criminal cells whose role is to withdraw the cash as quickly as possible.