Dominicans in global ring of hackers swiped US$45M busted in NY
New York.- U.S. authorities Thursday announced the arrest and indictment of seven men who allegedly belonged to the American branch of an international group of hackers which used debit card data to steal US$45 million, Efe reports.
The defendants, along with another deceased person, together with other groups across 20 countries, first stole the card’s magnetic data, along with PIN, and then distributed to other nations world, East New York District federal prosecutors said in a statement.
The data were included in purchase cards and later the groups from each country which then launched the so-called “unlimited” operations, during which the cash was withdrawn from numerous ATMs for several hours.
The first operation took place on December 22, 2012, when the network bilked around US$5 million in 4,500 ATM operations carried out in many countries, using prepaid card data of the United Arab Emirates’ Rakbank bank.
On a second, more widespread operation in February 20 using 36,000 ATMs in 24 countries on, forged data from prepaid debit cards of the Muscat & Oman Bank during 10 hours netted the hackers around US$40 million. In New York alone the operation involved nearly 3,000 ATMs and US$2.4 million.
The authorities said Alberto Yusi Lajud-Pena, 23, who was killed on April 27 in the Dominican Republic, headed the cell in New York, where they apprehended the Dominicans Jael Mejía Collado; Joan Luis Minier Lara; Evan José Peña; José Familia Reyes; Elvis Rafael Rodríguez; Emir Yasser Yeje and Chung Yu-Holguín, all residents in Yonkers, Nueva York, from 22 to 35 years of age.
Murder in the DR
According to the outlet francomacorisanos.com, Carlos Manuel González (Vaca Loca) 30, is the main suspect in the shooting death of Alberto Yusi Lajud Peña in San Francisco de Macorix (northeast).
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