Hackers smuggled into bank for £229 million heist, court hears

Graham Cluley

A court has been told more details of the alleged plan to steal £229 million from customers of the Sumitomo Mistsui bank, by planting spyware on the firm’s computers.

Snaresbrook Crown Court was told that a security supervisor at the bank smuggled two Belgian computer hackers into the financial firm’s European headquarters in London, by pretending that they had arrived for a game of poker. Instead, the hackers installed keylogging spyware that secretly recorded usernames and passwords onto bank employees’ computers, the jury heard.

Later the men returned to attempt to transfer the money to bank accounts controlled by gang members in other countries, it was alleged. When Sumitomo Mitsui staff returned to work on Monday morning, they found that their…

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