SBU blocks hackers stealing money from online bank accounts
The SBU cyber specialists exposed a large-scale scheme of stealing money due to unauthorized access to online banking. According to preliminary estimates, the suspects stole more than UAH 10 m (USD 360,000).
The SBU established that the hackers set up a scheme of stealing money from clients' bank accounts. The suspects presented themselves as bank managers and telecom operators. Under the pretext of solving pseudo-problems, they extracted information about bank accounts. Having gained access to online banking, they stole all money of depositors.
The members of the group also bought personal databases on closed hacking forums. Using clients’ personal data, the suspects took out online loans to third parties in microfinance institutions. Then the suspects transferred money to the controlled bank accounts.
During the searches of the suspects’ residences in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Poltava regions, the law enforcement seized irrefutable evidence proving the illegal activity.
Three perpetrators, including the organizer of the group, received suspicion notices of fraud, organized by a group of persons on a particularly large scale.
The investigation is ongoing.
The operation was carried out by officers of the SBU Department of Counterintelligence Protection of the State's Interests in the Field of Information Security together with investigators of the SBU Main Investigation Department and cyber specialists of the National Police.