This is like something straight out of a Hollywood movie. Back In February, a group of international cyber thieves managed to steal $40 million from ATM machines all around the world in just a matter of hours. The heist required not only hackers, but also regular street criminals to complete the task. This wasn’t even the first time they had done it–they stole an additional $5 million late last year.
The first men to be arrested in connection with the robberies were a group of eight New Yorkers.
“In the place of guns and masks, this cybercrime organization used laptops and the Internet,” explained Loretta Lynch, United States attorney in Brooklyn. “Moving as swiftly as data over the Internet, the organization worked its way from the computer systems of international corporations to the streets of New York City, with the defendants fanning out across Manhattan to steal millions of dollars from hundreds of ATM’s in a matter of hours.”
The men laundered the money through expensive items such as Rolex watches and luxury vehicles. Two of the men from New York even took a picture with their $40,000, partially leading to their arrest.