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Police question ‘gang’ suspected of multi-million pound online banking theft

Member: Nifa

Specialist officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Central E-crime unit are questioning nineteen people suspected of orchestrating a multi-million pound attack on Britain’s banking system.

Officers have told NIFA News that the suspected gang of computer hackers have stolen up to six million pounds from accounts in just three months.

The unit’s Detective Chief Inspector Terry Wilson said that he believed that the breakthrough in the investigation disrupted a highly organised criminal network, which has used sophisticated methods to siphon large amounts of cash from many innocent peoples’ accounts, causing immense personal anxiety and significant financial harm – which of course banks have had to repay at considerable cost to the economy."

He warned online banking customers to be aware of any unusual requests or activity on their accounts and, if in doubt, to always ring their bank and check.

DCI Wilson added that officers suspected that the criminals had committed computer misuse and money laundering offences, using a range of viruses, including one known by experts in the unit as "zeus", to infect computers and capture the passwords and other sensitive details of banking customers.


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