Seven arrested in New York for alleged 'criminal flash mob' ATM cybercrime

By Jesse
May 10, 2013
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  1. Authorities in New York have arrested seven people in connection with a hacking scheme in which perpetrators stole $45 million from ATMs around the world. The attackers hacked into computer systems of banking and financial institutions in two separate but...

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  2. I guess they are all too smart to get a real job.
    TheDreams likes this.
  3. wastedkill

    wastedkill TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,047   +218

    Just shows nothing is as secure as you think and tbh they need to be forced to work as a high end security job xD cant let them out once they have all that knowledge now can we!
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,809   +702

    At least they never wasted their time with small time stuff. If you're gonna do it, go big and make it worthwhile.
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  5. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Where I can applaud that they didnt go after the banks account holder, im really impressed they found a way to steal "digitally". What I mean is they simply changed some numbers and got what they needed. I was pretty sure those prepaid cards were secured through the same services that regular cards were. Im guessing that really isnt the case.
    Kudos for trying to go big!!! Shame on them for the theft.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,398   +831

    Oh yeah, "kudos" to them.

    It seems everybody these days gets to decide they're both Robin Hood and the poor all at once! When you come down to it, it's the ultimate conceit, coupled with the ultimate hypocrisy. Spare me.
  7. jackal2687

    jackal2687 Newcomer, in training Posts: 63   +8


    Hypocrisy is the bank for having the counterfeit money in the first place. I honestly don't care if a bank gets screwed over, it's better they get what they dish out on a daily basis.
  8. Maddock

    Maddock Newcomer, in training

    Actually, anybody can raise positive balance on Your prepaid (debit) card; I need only Your account number and Your name, maybe number of bank (ID of Your bank a.k.a. IBAN). Nothing more, and I can acquire this information very free.

    Now, if someone get access to right tools, there is possibility to increase balance of any other account. I think, some of "criminals" were just people, which accounts was simply increased while real hackers take some money away and leave this fools as decoy. Sure, it is just one of possibilities: logically I must do this same in this situation. Better is take 10 mio $ and slip away - 30 KK $ leave on decoy accounts. Other possibility is take 40 KK and get in jail. Which way You wish to choose?
  9. What can you expect, we live in the world where we all are prisoners of money.There is more to come.
  10. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    @Capt
    I think you misunderstand my kudos to these thieves. My kudos was that this wasnt a couple of thugs grabbing their buddys gun and trying to stick up a bank. No, this was sneaky and quiet until the money went missing. They had a plan, exectued it, then got away. Im sure the banks were scratching their heads wondering where this missing money is. In that time they got away. This is almost as smooth as say oceans 11.
    It took some serious planning and afew GIANT pairs to do this. Theres where my kudos rest. It took smarts,planning and ballz.


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