Straaaaaange cases: $45 million in world-wide ATM steals
In February, hackers infiltrated a credit-card processing company based in the United States that also handles Visa and MasterCard prepaid debit cards. After securing 12 account numbers for cards issued by the Bank of Muscat in Oman and raising the withdrawal limits, they sent cashing crews to stand guard at thousands of ATMs around the world. Starting at 3 p.m., the crews made 36,000 transactions and withdrew about $40 million from ATM machines in the various countries in about 10 hours. In New York City alone, a team of eight people made 2,904 withdrawals, stealing $2.4 million.
Surveillance photos of one suspect hitting various A.T.M.’s showed the man’s backpack getting heavier and heavier! Like Santa in reverse!
Think about it! No more tying a rope to those heavy ATMs and dragging them out of the bank walls! No more NOISE with the clatter of ATMs bouncing down the asphalt! From a criminal perspective, this is a thing of beauty, for sure.
The New York Times has more about it.