Be kind to your ATM today. The machines have been going through withdrawal lately, more than they’re used to.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed an indictment yesterday against eight men charged with plundering ATMs across the world on two recent occasions. The ring, which consisted of an unusual combination of Internet hackers and street thieves, got a total of $45 million and then quickly laundered it, according to the prosecutors. It’s not clear how much has been recovered, but no individuals are out any money.
Last December 21 and 22, “cashing crews” armed with plastic cards encoded with stolen account information took $5 million from the machines, in 4,500 transactions in 20 countries, including the U.S.