Global Cybercrime Bank Heist snatches 45 Million Dollars

Ziemlich dicke Crime-Story über einen global übers Netz und Geldautomaten ausgeführten Bankraub, bei dem sie in 27 Ländern insgesamt 45 Millionen Dollar erbeutet haben.

Reuters: Huge cyber bank theft spans 27 countries: „In one of the biggest ever bank heists, a global cyber crime ring stole $45 million from two Middle Eastern banks by hacking into credit card processing firms and withdrawing money from ATMs in 27 countries, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday.“

It was, prosecutors said, one of the largest heists in New York City history, rivaling the 1978 Lufthansa robbery, which inspired the movie “Goodfellas.”

Beyond the sheer amount of money involved, law enforcement officials said, the thefts underscored the vulnerability of financial institutions around the world to clever criminals working to stay a step ahead of the latest technologies designed to thwart them.

“In the place of guns and masks, this cybercrime organization used laptops and the Internet,” said Loretta E. Lynch, the United States attorney in Brooklyn. “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.”

NYTimes: In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme