$45 million dollars from thousands of Automatic Teller Machines. Authorities say that this was one of the most sophisticated cyberattacks in history.
Loretta E. Lynch, the United States attorney in Brooklyn
said “In the place of guns and masks, this cybercrime organization
used laptops and the Internet. Moving as swiftly as data over the Internet,
the organization worked its way from the computer systems of international corporations to the streets of New York City, with the defendants fanning out across Manhattan to steal millions of dollars from hundreds of A.T.M.’s in a matter of hours.”
There were two operations that involved people in more than two dozen countries. Computer hackers used the internet to manipulate financial information. The thieves then hit the A.T.M machines. On February 19th, in New York, the thieves robbed 2,904 machines in just 10 hours. They got $2.4 million.
Federal prosecutors indicted eight men. Authorities first caught a street crew in New York withdrawing money from teller machines, and putting the cash into backpacks.
A twist to the story, is that last month in the Dominican Republic, the suspected ring leader was found dead.
While the street crews were stealing money from the teller machines, the computer hackers were watching the financial transactions so that they would not be shortchanged on their cut. This is something straight out of a movie.
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