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

David Brown reports:

An international gang plotted to steal £229 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.


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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