ATM Thieves Bag $9 Million in RBS Breach

Kara Reeder

Late last year, ATM thieves bagged $9 million in cash in one day by exploiting a breach at payment processor RBS WorldPay, reports The Washington Post.

 

Hackers broke into RBS's databases and took personal and financial data on 1.5 million customers of its payroll cards business. They used that information to withdraw $9 million from ATMs from 49 cities. Interestingly enough, while attackers has access to more than a million RBS customer accounts, the only way they could get the money was by repeatedly refueling only 100 payroll cards.

 

The FBI does have surveillance photos of two suspects in Chicago, notes CNET News. The suspects are likely part of a small army of so-called "cashers," or people who work with cyber thieves to pull money out of compromised accounts.

 

RBS isn't the only payment to make headlines in recent weeks. Last month, Heartland Payment Systems suffered a breach that could be the largest ever.



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