In a 21st Century bank job, thieves don’t even need to step foot on the premises, let alone have a getaway car primed: all you need is a computer and the right software. According to a report from The New York Times, tech security firm Kaspersky has been tracking a monumental bank heist that could have netted thieves up to $900 million.
A group of unknown hackers from Russia, China, and Europe targeted a series of banks over a number of years with a bespoke sophisticated software program to siphon over $300 million from accounts. The banks in question have been made aware of the theft, but have chosen not to disclose them. Kaspersky suggests that over 100 banks could have been targeted, and that the total bounty could amount to a figure beyond $900 million.
Chris Doggett, Managing Director of Kaspersky North America, said, “This is likely the most sophisticated attack the world has seen to date in terms of the tactics and methods that cybercriminals have used to remain covert.”
The Samsung Campinas factory near Sao Paolo was attacked last Sunday night when seven armed assailants took over the factory, took the workers hostage and made off with a staggering $36 million in phones, tablets, notebooks, computers and more.
Seven armed robbers took hostages after stopping the staff shuttle bus. Two hostages were kept on board and eight more were set free. Once the route was clear, the group stole over 40,000 products as 13 other members of their group arrived in trucks. They used pallet loaders to fill the trucks and coordinated their efforts via radio and mobile phones in what was obviously a very well organised operation.
A spokesman for Samsung in Sao Paolo said: “We have cooperated fully with the police investigation that is underway and will do our best to avoid any sort of repeat incident.”
In fairness there is only so much you can do to prevent a situation like this, when weapons and hostages are involved in such great numbers, no one needs to be a hero and try save the day, especially when the goods that were stolen can likely be written off through insurance, when a life cannot.
Luckily none of the 100 employees who were present at the factory are reported to be hurt, although psychologically scars will no doubt be running pretty deep after such a traumatic ordeal.
Thank you PocketLint for providing us with this information.
The world can be an awful place sometimes, unfortunately today is one of those times as we hear that a man has lost his life over a PlayStation 4 games console.
Now I don’t want to drag all that nonsense in about “video games are a bad influence” as this is simply the case of an idiot who thought it would be a good idea to rob someone and murder them in cold blood, the console is just a catalyst to these tragic events.
According to a report over at San Jose Mercury, the man was met by a potential customer after offering to sell his PlayStation 4. When the man met with him to do a deal on the console, the victim was shot multiple times and the customer took the console and ran.
This is just a day after I heard of two teens being beaten badly here in the UK after they were robbed outside a video game store, also involving their PlayStation 4 being stolen from them.
A man in his 20’s is now dead, and San Francisco Police are conducting a search for the suspect, of course if you have any information that may help, you can contact police on 415-575-4444, or alternatively to send a text to TIP411, with the subject line “SFPD”.
Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information.
The brand new, soon to be released G2 is set to be the new flagship handset for LG, but 22,500 have just gone missing in a robbery that saw a truck load of them stolen in Louisville, Kentucky.
According a recent report on CNET the handsets were being distributed to Sprint stores in time for the handsets launch some time next month, although it is expected this latest turn of events may delay the launch a little.
The driver left his truck for a bathroom break and upon returning noticed that his truck was gone, and the $14 million worth of smartphones that were in the back had gone with it.
Chances are the phones are a long way from Kentucky by now, just be cautious of anyone trying to sell the handsets.
Thank you CNET for providing us with this information.