SBU stops activity of international hacker group on stealing funds from foreign banks’ accounts
The SBU officers stopped the activity of the international hacking group specialized in theft and legalization of funds taken from clients accounts of banking institutions from more than 20 countries.
The SBU operatives established that dealers used special software to receive access to personal data of legal entities of banks from the EU countries, South Asia and the post-Soviet space. After that they formed fake payment documents in the banking systems and withdrew funds from merchants' accounts.
According to the SBU information, the legalization of stolen funds was conducted through the series of fake financial transactions with intermediator firms, including some that were under control of Russian special services. Each of the participants of the crime received a defined percent from the amount of stolen funds.
During the investigations of the criminals’ residences in Kyiv, Chernivtsi, Odesa and Voznesensk, the law enforcers seized financial documentation that confirm the facts of forging bank guarantees and the illegal transfer of stolen funds via popular banking systems. The SBU officers revealed electronic correspondence that proves the legalization of stolen funds, in particular through the contractor connected with the Russia’s special services.
The SBU officers detained the group leader, a citizen of one of the Middle East countries, and an accomplice who was directly responsible for the technical assistance.
At present the examination is being conducted in order to confirm the unauthorized access to the international electronic banking systems. Relevant messages have been sent to the foreign partners.
The organizer and two active members of the group were served a notice of suspicion stipulated by Part 2 Article. 200 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The urgent investigations to bring to criminal responsibility all members of the organized group and their foreign accomplices are under way.
The operation was conducted jointly with the Chief Investigator of the National Police Department and the General Prosecutor's Office.
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