Russian gang used customized virus bought from hacker forum on ATMs

Members of an organized criminal group responsible for infecting ATMs with a computer virus have been arrested in Yakutsk, capital of the far eastern Russian Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) according to the Ministry of the Interior.

The leader of the gang sought the services of a hacker through an international Internet forum. Once recruited the hacker then customized a computer program specifically for the group, so they could use it to target bank accounts through ATMs. The virus cost the gang 100,000 rubles ($3200).


The criminals managed to infect and gain control of all the ATMs in the city of Yakutsk. However, officers from Department ‘K’ of the Ministry of the Interior in the Republic of Yakutia apprehended the members of the gang before the plan could be put into full operation.

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