The Spanish International Police, in collaboration with the US National Security Agency (NSA) has dismantled a group of hackers specialized in robbing ATMs worldwide. The group is responsible for extracting over 60 million USD in a simultaneous ATM attack to 23 countries back in February of 2013.
The network was dismantled as they prepared for a similar attack in Japan. Six members of Romanian citizenship and two Moroccan have been arrested in Spain. The IT expert and group leader was arrested in Germany.
The criminals were still following their leader’s orders, capable of violating bank databases to disable their security measures. They managed to get USD 400,000 in a single night, by targeting 446 ATMs in Madrid.
In the police raid in Spain’s capital, Madrid, the agents intercepted € 25,000 in cash, two credit card reader/recorders, over one thousand virgin cards with a magnetic band, IT materials and a large number of jewels.
Source: Correo del Orinoco