Bank Cyber-Heist Thwarted By Police
Criminal gang prevented from stealing millions from London bank.
A criminal gang’s attempt to rob a London branch of Santander Bank was thwarted by Metropolitan Police last week. The Police’s Central-Crime Unit (PCeU) were able to arrest 12 men who allegedly planned to use a remote control device installed onto one of the bank’s computers to steal millions of pounds.
The scheme involved infiltrating the bank with an imposter maintenance worker who would discretely install a KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) which would allow the criminals to control that machine remotely from inside the bank’s network.
Police confirmed that this was the first breach of this kind that has been attempted in the UK. With the cooperation of the bank, police were able to prevent the theft.
Detective Inspector Mark Raymond of the PCeU stated, “this was a sophisticated plot that could have led to the loss of a very large amount of money from the bank, and is the most significant case of this kind that we have come across.”
Original article by John E Dunn.
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