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UOB ATM in KL hacked, loses $36,000

The automated teller machine (ATM) hacking blitz in Malaysia continues.

Three more banks reported losses, allegedly to Latin American gangs on Tuesday evening, The Star reported.

The latest casualty was the United Overseas Bank (UOB) branch in Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur, which reported a loss of RM92,900 (S$36,000).

Federal police deputy Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director Senior Assistant Commissioner Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said the bank manager lodged a report at 2.30pm on Tuesday after a balance audit in one of the ATMs found that it was missing money.

Said SAC Mohd Kamaruddin: “He then checked the closed-circuit television (CCTV) on Sept 28 and found that there was a suspect who entered the bank at around 9.20am that day and withdrew money in a similar modus operandi to previous cases.

“He entered the bank four times, dressed in different outfits each time. At the ATM he took out a phone and was able to withdraw money without touching any buttons on the machine.”

In Malacca, respective managers of Affin Bank and Al Rajhi Bank branches in Taman Melaka Raya lodged police reports on Tuesday, saying that their ATMs were missing a total of RM355,570.

This brings the number of reported ATM hacks to 17, with more than RM3 million drained out of ATMs in branches belonging to Affin Bank, Al Rajhi, Bank Islam and UOB.

Source: The Star

 

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