EC3 Makes Arrests for ATM Hacking
January 27, 2017
members of an international organized criminal group (OCG) have
been arrested and three of them convicted so far as a result of
a complex operation led by law enforcement agencies from Europe
and Asia, with the active support of Europol's European
Cybercrime Centre (EC3).
This organized crime group is responsible for carrying out
highly-sophisticated attacks against banks’ ATMs which were made
to dispense all the money deposited inside.
The modus operandi employed was very complex and involved:
spear-phishing emails with attachments containing malicious
penetration of the banks’ internal networks,
compromising and controlling the network of ATMs,
special computer programs which deleted most of the traces of
the criminal activity, etc.
One arrest has been made by the Romanian National Police, three
arrests by the Taiwanese Criminal Investigation Bureau and one
arrest by the Belarusian Central Office of the Investigative
In some cases, after the cashing-out, the stolen money was
partially recovered from the criminals.
The investigation was initiated at the beginning of 2016.The
members of the OCG were recruited online, most of them with
multiple citizenships which allowed them to easily travel and
commit crimes all over the world.
Losses caused to the banks are estimated at around EUR 3
European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) assisted the investigation by
providing analytical support, organizing operational meetings in
Europe and Asia as well as analyzing the seized data/ equipment.
A key factor for the successful dismantling of this criminal
organization was close police cooperation on the global level
and deep involvement of the Europol Liaison Office at Interpol
Steven WILSON, Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre,
said: "The majority of cybercrimes have an international
dimension, taking into account the origins of suspects and
places where crimes are committed. Only through a coordinated
approach at the global level between law enforcement agencies
can we successfully track down the criminal networks behind such
large-scale frauds and bring them to justice."