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[ISN] Hackers tried to steal hundreds of millions from bank, court told
By David Brown
January 22, 2009
An international gang plotted to steal Â229 million from customers'
accounts at a leading bank by hacking into computers, a court was told
A security supervisor smuggled two Belgian computer hackers into the
London offices of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation by pretending that
they were friends who had arrived for a game of cards. The hackers
installed spy software that recorded employees' names and passwords at
the bank's European headquarters in the heart of the City, Snaresbrook
Crown Court was told.
They visited the offices several times to retrieve the security
information before returning one weekend to transfer the money to
accounts controlled by accomplices in Spain, Dubai, Hong Kong and
Singapore, it was alleged. When Sumitomo Banking staff arrived at work
on Monday morning, they found that their computers had been tampered
with, the jury was told.
The scheme was foiled because the hackers failed to fill in one of the
fields in the Swift system used to make money transfers.
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