High Tech Cyber Crime and Low Level Criminals


Last Thursday charges were announced in Brooklyn, NY in regards to a futuristic and daring cybercrime. 8 defendants were charged with stealing $2.8 million from NY ATMs as part of a larger global $45 million hacking crime.  The high tech heist took place in just a few hours.

Apparently, thieves hacked into banking systems in the Middle East to increase the amount of money on prepaid MasterCard debit cards. The cards which were initially issued in the Bank of Muscat in Oman and the National Bank of Ras Al-Khaimah PSC based in the United Arab Emirates, were given to lower level thieves around the globe, 8 of which were based in NYC.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch announced Thursday, “The defendants and their co-conspirators participated in a massive 21st century bank heist that reached across the Internet and stretched around the globe.”  She continued, “In the place of guns and masks, this cybercrime organization used laptops and the Internet.” Laptops, the internet and apparently common street thugs. The accused ringleader in the U.S. cell, Alberto Yusi Lajud-Pena was found dead in the Dominican Republic with a suitcase full of $100,000

The other 7  low level criminals were based in NYC and worked with the global and higher tech hackers in the Middle East. The NYC suspects allegedly made 3,800 separate ATM transactions totaling $2.8 million.

No word on how exactly they were caught, but it’s becoming clear that cybercrime is not going away.


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