ATM hackers stole $45M in ’21st century bank heist,’ feds say

A gang of cyber-criminals operating in 26 countries stole $45 million by  hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards, federal prosecutors in  New York said Thursday.

The U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, Loretta Lynch, called it “a massive  21st-century bank heist” and said the fraudsters had moved with astounding speed  to loot financial institutions around the world.

Seven people are under arrest in the U.S. in connection with the case, which  prosecutors said involved thousands of thefts from ATMs using bogus magnetic  swipe cards. An eighth person accused of involvement in the U.S. thefts, Alberto  Yusi Lajud-Pena, was reportedly murdered in the Dominican Republic late last  month, prosecutors said.

An indictment unsealed Thursday accused the eight of being members of the New  York cell of a global theft operation. It said they withdrew $2.8 million in  cash from hacked accounts in less than a day.

Prosecutors said the scheme involved two worldwide attacks in which hackers  obtained debit card data, eliminated withdrawal limits on the accounts, and then  sent a network of operatives fanning out across multiple cities to rapidly  withdraw money.

Law enforcement agencies in Japan, Canada, Germany, Romania and 12 other  countries have been involved in the investigation, U.S. prosecutors said.

Arrests began in March.

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