FBI uncovers nine million dollar ATM scam

February 4th, 2009 - 5:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Feb 4 (ANI): Hackers orchestrated a highly coordinated, global attack on ATM cards involving the theft of a staggering nine million dollar from bank customers, and they could strike again.

Customers personal information might also have been compromised in what federal agents are calling one of the most well-coordinated such schemes theyve seen, MyFOXNY.com reported.

The FBI said it uncovered the plot and is investigating. The alleged hackers are still at large and could orchestrate another attack.

In a matter of hours, thieves struck ATMs from 49 different cities including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Moscow and Montreal on November 8, the FBI said.

Part of the heist was caught on security camera images obtained by the TV station. The photos show people the FBI calls cashers low-level participants in the plot who allegedly used bogus ATM cards with stolen information at the machines.

The scheme worked as follows: Plotters hacked into a computer system for a company called RBS WorldPay, which allows employers to transfer workers pay directly to a payroll card.

The scam artists were then able to infiltrate the system and steal personal data needed to make duplicate ATM cards.

Weve seen similar attempts to defraud a bank through ATM machines but not anywhere near the scale we have here, FBI Agent Ross Rice said. Weve never seen one this well coordinated, he added.

The FBI has no suspects and has made no arrests so far. (ANI)

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