Gang faces trial over attempted £220 million bank hack

Graham Cluley

Five men, including one who styles himself as “Lord of the manor”, are facing trial in England – accused of attempting to hack into the London branch of the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation to steal over £220 million.

The hack, which was thwarted by the Japanese bank, was alleged to involve the use of keyloggers that could steal confidential usernames and passwords.

Hugh Rodley, 61, from Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire – who is known to locals as “Lord Rodley” – faces trial alongside three other men, one of them Dutch. Rodley appears to be something of a colourful character. Believed to have been born in Ireland with the name “Brian McGough”, Rodley lived in a Tewkesbury mansion protected by 6 foot high gates.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus 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 security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.