Bank heists net $45M in global ATM/debit card raid

posted at 8:41 am on May 10, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

And you didn’t lose a dime — unless you are an investor in the banks, of course.  The heists took place in December and February but just now became public, thanks to an indictment filed yesterday in New York.  The gang raided accounts used by banks to backstop rechargeable pre-paid debit cards rather than attack depositor accounts, exploiting security gaps in that system.

Even with all that, crime didn’t pay — at least not for long:

A worldwide gang of criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then draining cash machines around the globe,federal prosecutors said Thursday — and outmoded U.S. card technology may be partly to blame.

Seven people are under arrest in the U.S. in connection with the case, which prosecutors said involved thousands of thefts from ATMs using bogus magnetic swipe cards carrying information from Middle Eastern banks. The fraudsters moved with astounding speed to loot financial institutions around the world, working in cells including one in New York, Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said. …

There were two separate attacks, one in December that reaped $5 million worldwide and one in February that snared about $40 million in 10 hours with about 36,000 transactions. The scheme involved attacks on two banks, Rakbank in the United Arab Emirates and the Bank of Muscat in Oman, prosecutors said.

The plundered ATMs were in Japan, Russia, Romania, Egypt, Colombia, Britain, Sri Lanka, Canada and several other countries, and law enforcement agencies from more than a dozen nations were involved in the investigation, U.S. prosecutors said.

How did the feds catch up with them?  Well, they may have figured out the sophisticated technology that allowed them to breach bank security, but they’re not exactly sophisticated themselves:

One of the suspects was caught on surveillance cameras, his backpack increasingly loaded down with cash, authorities said. Others took photos of themselves with giant wads of bills as they made their way up and down Manhattan.

In other words, tech smart and street dumb.

The leader of the gang didn’t get arrested yesterday, even though his name is on the indictment.  Why not?  Alberto Ysui Lajud-Pena got murdered in the Dominican Republic last month, and he may have been the target of a less-sophisticated kind of heist:

Lajud-Pena was found dead with a suitcase full of about $100,000 in cash, and the investigation into his death is continuing separately. Dominican officials said they arrested a man in the killing who said it was a botched robbery, and two other suspects were on the lam.

It looks like Lajud-Pena exercised the same kind of discretion about his loot as the rest of the network.  Want to bet that these two suspects aren’t taking pictures of themselves with wads of cash while walking on the streets?


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…whose fault is it?

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2013 at 8:43 AM

…Republicans will be blamed?

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2013 at 8:45 AM

That picture of the two guys with the cash is priceless. Such idiots.

bitsy on May 10, 2013 at 8:46 AM

So a guy was found dead with a bunch of $$ in a suitcase?
Yeah I’d say that was a pathetic robbery.
Karma’s a B!TCH.

Badger40 on May 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Lajud-Pena was found dead with a suitcase full of about $100,000 in cash, and the investigation into his death is continuing separately.

…Bloomie made him drink an 84 ounce Coke!

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Where was Obama yesterday?

New Tech high school..

/

Electrongod on May 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Republicans will be blamed?

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I used to see this type of comment & roll my eyes.
I don’t anymore. It’s now the 1st thing I usually think.
This is how the left ‘wins’. They have set the narrative in their propaganda where everything bad that happens is automatically the fault of conservatives in general.
The news outlets perpetuate this ad nauseum.
But as the oldsters die off, probably from Obamacare, more & more of them will be replaced by younger people who actually get their news from various other places where the chances for seeing something other than propaganda are higher.
I am trying to have a little hope here.

Badger40 on May 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Bank heists net $45M in global ATM/debit card raid

“Chump change..
Amateurs…” – Obama

Electrongod on May 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM

And you didn’t lose a dime — unless you are an investor in the banks, of course.

I got my Obamaphone..
My EBT card…
And my McDonalds…

I didn’t feel a thing..

Electrongod on May 10, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Bank heists net $45M in global ATM/debit card raid

“Chump change..
Amateurs…” – Obama

Electrongod on May 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM

…that’s a vacation…for JugEars family…and the dog.

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2013 at 8:52 AM

…that’s a vacation…for JugEars family…and the dog.

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Or a steak diner for Biden

Electrongod on May 10, 2013 at 8:53 AM

carrying information from Middle Eastern banks.

Why am I not surprised?

Twice I’ve had my credit cards compromised by people using them to travel to and call Middle Eastern countries.

More good things coming to America from the Religion of Peace.

Cleombrotus on May 10, 2013 at 9:16 AM

That picture of the two guys with the cash is priceless. Such idiots.

bitsy on May 10, 2013 at 8:46 AM

at least they had their seatbelts on- mustn’t get a ticket!

whatabunchoflosers on May 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Like a scene out of Goodfellas, you don’t drive around a new Caddy and get the wife a fur after a heist.

NoDonkey on May 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

That picture of the two guys with the cash is priceless. Such idiots.

bitsy on May 10, 2013 at 8:46 AM

I’ve told my older daughters straight out, if you are ever stupid enough to decide to date a smarmy jackwad like either of those two idiots I will yank them from their car and braid their limbs the moment they hit my driveway. So choose your dudes wisely.

Bishop on May 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Like a scene out of Goodfellas, you don’t drive around a new Caddy and get the wife a fur after a heist.

NoDonkey on May 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Nope! Otherwise you end up on a meat hook in a freezer.

Honestly, the best thing that ever happened to law enforcement has been social media. Too many of these idiots post their crimes and make it easy to solve crimes.

Agent of the Cross on May 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

It never ceases to amaze me how much information people post about themselves online, for free. There is no presumption of privacy when you post something online.

Silly people.

JoseQuinones on May 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Banks stole over a trillion dollars in taxpayer funds. Neither party cares.

libfreeordie on May 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Tech smart, street dumb.

Ed Morrisey

.
That say’s it all.

The characters in “Office Space” were smarter than this.

listens2glenn on May 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Banks stole over a trillion dollars in taxpayer funds. Neither party cares.

libfreeordie on May 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM

.
Obama’s got that beat.

listens2glenn on May 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Obama’s got that beat.

listens2glenn on May 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Indeed, 6.7 Trillion stolen by the Obama cretins.

Liberals don’t care, they hate children anyway, they’re such a “burden”.

kirkill on May 10, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Chump change compared to the haul Obamacare will rake in…

Don L on May 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Liberals don’t care, they hate children anyway, they’re such a “burden”.

kirkill on May 10, 2013 at 10:57 AM

yeah, but only those who dare escape the obstacle course of a woman’s “choice.”

Don L on May 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Banks stole over a trillion dollars in taxpayer funds. Neither party cares.

libfreeordie on May 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Good to know we can count on you for the dullest of cutting remarks.

BlaxPac on May 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Jon Corzine stole 26 times this amount from farmers and grain elevators across the country.

cptacek on May 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Banks stole over a trillion dollars in taxpayer funds. Neither party cares.

libfreeordie on May 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Obama’s pockets are bulging.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

…DNC’s newest ‘bundlers’?

socalcon on May 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Check the last names on this list and take a guess as to whether they’d benefit from legislation currently being considered by the “Gang of 8″:

1. Alberto Yusi Lajud-Pena, also known as “Prime” and “Albertico”
2. Jael Mejia Collado
3. Joan Luis Minier Lara
4. Evan Jose Pena
5. Jose Familia Reyes
6. Elvis Rafael Rodriguez
7. Emir Yasser Yeje
8. Chung Yu-Holguin, also known as “Chino El Abusador”

monkeyboy on May 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Like a scene out of Goodfellas, you don’t drive around a new Caddy and get the wife a fur after a heist.

NoDonkey on May 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I’ve always said that if one should…ah…unexpectedly gain an unusually large amount of money, bragging about it and/or showing off is a guaranteed way to lose it.

Don’t act like you’re suddenly rich.
ABSOLUTELY do not go out and buy an unusually-expensive suit, home, car, hobby item, etc. as the first thing you do with your new money.
Don’t tell anyone you’re rich, including your girl/boyfriend/fiance/spouse.
Buy big-ticket items on installment plans. Making a lot of smaller payments in cash is not unusual – let’s say for a car – but paying it all off at once in cash WILL set tongues a-flapping.

MelonCollie on May 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Okay, my computer has gone crazy, there are now comments from MelonCollie on May 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM showing on this thread.

Cindy Munford on May 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Ah, Back to the Future again. So very weird.

Cindy Munford on May 27, 2013 at 5:57 PM

These errors always seem to happen when Jazz is in control.

bluegill on May 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM

These errors always seem to happen when Jazz is in control.

bluegill on May 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM

I blame you for this madness, bluegill…

Anti-Control on May 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM