$9 million stolen in co-ordinated global cash machine heist

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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Hackers who stole information from RBS WorldPay, distributed cloned debit cards around the world that stole $9 million from 130 ATM machines in 49 cities around the world in just 10 hours. Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Montreal, Moscow and Hong Kong were amongst the locations were the criminals fleeced money from cash machines using counterfeit cards.

That is the astonishing claim being made by the FBI, who say that the highly-organised sting occurred shortly after 8pm on November 8, 2008.

Electronic payment service RBS WorldPay admitted on December 23 that personal information on up to 1.5 million people had been stolen, causing some to speculate that they had tried to hide the bad news by releasing information on the eve of the holiday season.


Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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