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Hackers tried to steal hundreds of millions from bank, court told




Hackers tried to steal hundreds of millions from bank, court told
Hackers tried to steal hundreds of millions from bank, court told



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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5563001.ece 

By David Brown
The Times
January 22, 2009

An international gang plotted to steal =C2=A3229 million from customers' 
accounts at a leading bank by hacking into computers, a court was told 
yesterday.

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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