FOR THE SECOND TIME this week arrests have been made following a cyber-heist at a London bank after criminals targeted a Barclays branch at Swiss Cottage and made off with around £1.4 million.
Police have suggested there is a link between this attack and the attempted theft at a Santander branch earlier this week. That, as we reported, also involved the use of a KVM switch with 3G capabilities, allowing the criminals to hijack the terminal to which it was attached and transfer funds to other accounts.
Eight suspects have been arrested in a series of raids that included a Central London location believed to be the "mission control" for the gang. Items that also were seized included jewellery, cash, credit cards and large quantities of personal data.
Detective inspector Mark Raymond of the Metropolitan Police Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) said, "Those responsible for this offence are significant players within a sophisticated and determined organised criminal network, who used considerable technical abilities and traditional criminal know-how to infiltrate and exploit secure banking systems."
It is understood that the PCeU, which is the same team investigating the earlier Santander bank attack, believe that they caught the ringleader in today's raids. Speaking to the BBC, detective superintendent Terry Wilson said, "All criminal networks have a head and we very much believe we have now apprehended our 'Mr Big' as part of this operation."
Although we can hope that this will represent the end of this particular group of crimes, the proof of concept of KVMs in cyber-crime is most definitely there, and with IT engineers such a common sight in most offices, it might be difficult to spot bogus ones in the future.
However, we are just delighted to hear a senior police officer use the phrase "Mr Big" outside of a TV crime drama. µ
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