US Charges Eight in $45 Million Cybercrime Scheme

This will be one for the books… and Hollywoood spinoffs. Jessica Dye and Jim Finkle of Reuters report:

The government charged eight people with using data obtained by hacking into two credit card processors in a worldwide scheme that netted some $45 million within hours, a crime prosecutors described as one of the biggest bank heists in history.

The individuals formed the New York-based cell of a global cybercriminal organization that stole MasterCard debit card data from two Middle Eastern banks, the Justice Department said. The information was used to make more than 40,500 withdrawals at automated teller machines in 27 countries, prosecutors said.

Read more on CNBC.  Here’s the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District New York.

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