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Feds arrest ATM thieves after discovering $800, 000 stuffed in a suitcase
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:45:39 +0000 (UTC)
By Dan Goodin
Nov 18 2013
Federal authorities have arrested five more men accused of taking part in
a 21st-century bank heist that siphoned a whopping $45 million out of ATMs
around the world in a matter of hours.
Prosecutors said the men charged on Monday were members of the New
York-based cell of a global operation and contributed to the $45 million
theft by illegally withdrawing $2.8 million from 140 different ATMs in
that city. The arrests came after the defendants sent $800,000 in cash
proceeds in a suitcase transported by bus to a syndicate kingpin located
in Florida, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E.
Lynch said. Photos seized from one defendant's iPhone showed huge amounts
of cash piled on a hotel bed and being stuffed into luggage, she said.
The heists took place during two dates in December 2012 and targeted
payment cards issued by the National Bank of Ras Al-Khaimah PSC in the
United Arab Emirates and the Bank of Muscat in Oman respectively.
Prosecutors dubbed the heists "unlimited" operations because they
systematically removed the withdrawal limits normally placed on debit card
accounts. These restrictions work as a safety mechanism that caps the
amount of loss that banks normally face when something goes wrong. The
operation removed the limits by hacking into two companies that processed
online payments for the two targeted banks, prosecutors alleged in earlier
indictments. Prosecutors didn't identify the payment processors except to
say that one was in India and the other was in the United States.
The five newly arrested men were identified as Anthony Diaz, 24, Saul
Franjul, 24, Saul Genao, 24, Jaindhi Polanco, 29, and Jose Angeley
Valerio, 25, all of Yonkers, NY. They were named in addition to the
earlier indictment of eight men including suspect Alberto Yusi Lajud-Peña,
who reportedly was shot dead while playing dominoes during what
authorities believe was a botched robbery of his Dominican Republic home.
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- Feds arrest ATM thieves after discovering $800, 000 stuffed in a suitcase InfoSec News (Nov 19)