Robbers steal more than $390,000 from ATMs in Malaysia

Several automated teller machines (ATM) in Malaysia were hacked over the weekend, with losses of over RM1 million (S$390,000).

Bukit Aman commercial crimes investigation department deputy director Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said a major manhunt for the criminals has been launched.

A special squad has been formed to tackle the cases.​

Police believe the criminals are members of an overseas syndicate and that they are still in the country.

"We have activated monitoring at all land, sea and air exit points in the country," he told Bernama.

Customer data not affected

The latest case was at a bank in Kota Damansara, with losses amounting to about RM300,000.

Earlier today, Affin Bank said in a statement that a total of RM1.271 million was stolen from six of its ATMs in Johor, Malacca and Selangor.

The bank said customer data was not affected or compromised.

All seven ATMs are believed to have been hacked by a telephone SIM card and latest telephony technology.

Photos of the suspects from closed circuit television camera recordings have been circulated nationwide. The suspects have yet to be identified.

Source: The Star