Malaysia police believe ATM hackers are still in the country

Malaysia police believe ATM hackers are still in the country

KUALA LUMPUR - The suspects involved in the hacking and theft of more than RM3 million (S$1 million) from the automated teller machines (ATMs) of several banks are believed to be still in the country, says Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) deputy director Deputy Comm Datuk Hamzah Taib.

He also advised people to ignore messages via WhatsApp and social media warning Maybank2U and CIMB account holders to be wary of malware attacks on their accounts.

"Such messages are false. We will alert the public if such a threat exists," he said, adding that people should not spread such information which could cause unnecessary alarm.

Police have released CCTV images of some of the Latin American suspects, who stole cash from ATMs at Affin Bank, Al Rajhi Bank and Bank Islam branches in three states over the weekend.

CCID director Comm Datuk Seri Mortadza Nazarene had said that investigations revealed that the suspects would open the top panel of the ATMs using a "common key" and insert a CD into the ATM slot and infect the machines with a virus known as Backdoor.Padpin.

"The suspects would then withdraw all the money out of the ATMs by typing codes into the key panel received via handphone from an accomplice," he was reported as saying.

In a separate case, four men believed to be part of a smash-and-grab robbery syndicate have been arrested in connection with 41 wayside robberies.

Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Ali Ahmad said the four, aged between 16 and 21, had been active since January and were linked to 38 smash-and-grab cases in Gombak and three in Kepong.

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