The Biggest Robbery Attempt in History
During the late summer and fall of 2004, a group of criminal hackers vigorously tried to infiltrate Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsuis computer system at their
The criminals purportedly used a form of spyware known as keyloggers, which is used by hackers to steal passwords, accounts numbers and other secret information from an individuals personal or business computer. Investigators are trying to figure out how the hackers were able to penetrate the system. Keizer quoted Richard Stiennon, the vice president of threat research at anti-spyware vendor Webroot, saying that they could have gotten a keylogger onto the banks network by tricking an employee in the company or walking into the bank and sitting at an employees terminal or they could have broken into the network another way and only noticed then that a machine was already infected with a keylogger.
The investigation into the elaborate hacking scheme is still under investigation. Thus far, eight people have been arrested in connection to the crime but none have yet been sentenced. One of those arrested was Israeli citizen Yeron Bolondi, 32, who police captured trying to transfer around $27 million into an account in his homeland. Israeli police charged him with money laundering and deception, CNN suggested in a March 2005 article. The identity of the other hackers has been kept quiet so as not to hinder the ongoing investigation.
Internet robbery has been increasing at an unprecedented rate. Criminals are learning that they can steal enormous amounts of cash with less physical risk than an actual robbery and using limited resources from the luxury of their own home. Even more worrisome, hackers are developing new and more sophisticated means to abstract personal information from computers, making it easier for less-experienced criminals. Thus, people will have to be especially diligent about securing their computers, so as to reduce the chances of their becoming the hackers next victim.