More than US$2 million stolen in Taiwan ATM heist

More than US$2 million stolen in Taiwan ATM heist

The theft at First Bank's ATMs involved three people who used malware, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency.

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TAIPEI: Thieves got away with US$2.17 million dollars from ATMs belonging to Taiwan's First Bank over the weekend (Jul 9-10), according to Taiwan's Central News Agency.

The bank said the money was stolen using malware from 34 ATMs at 20 branches in Taipei and Taichung, the agency reported.

According to local media, three people were involved and two of the suspects left the country yesterday.

Police confirmed the involvement of a Russian national. The other two suspects' identities are still under investigation.

The suspects' movements were tracked through surveillance footage.

The crime was reportedly discovered yesterday when staff returned to work at the branches and found irregularities.

First Bank's Vice President Yeh Chung-huei said the bank's customers will be fully protected and not compromised, according to local media reports.

According to the China Post, to prevent additional losses, First Bank has suspended the operation of 300 of its 768 ATMs nationwide.

Source: CNA/mn

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