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Cosmos bank heist: 171 ATM cards from Pune used, 428 from other countries

According to Pune cyber cell investigators, the stolen amount, estimated to be of ₹2.50 crore was withdrawn from 71 bank ATMs situated in 41 cities of other countries and for that 428 ATM cards have been used.

pune Updated: Aug 29, 2018 16:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Cosmos bank headquarters on Ganeshkhind road in Pune.(HT FILE PHOTO)

The hackers involved in the ₹94.42 crore Cosmos Bank heist had used 171 ATM cards from Pune and 428 ATM cards from other places during the crime, according to officials.

The money siphoned off from the bank has been wired to 29 countries from where it was withdrawn, investigators said.

According to Pune cyber cell investigators, the stolen amount, estimated to be of ₹2.50 crore was withdrawn from 71 bank ATMs situated in 41 cities of other countries and for that 428 ATM cards have been used.

Some customers have got automatic deposits of the fraud money and they will have to return it to the bank at the earliest, officials said.

The special investigation team (SIT) said that so far people have returned an amount estimated to be close to ₹3.55 lakh to the bank. Investigators said that the additional amount which has been accidentally deposited into the accounts of the customers will have to returned as the bank has initiated a mechanism to ensure that such cases are flagged.

The cyber cell of Pune Police has already obtained CCTV footage where the ATM transactions of Cosmos Bank have taken place and is carrying out a forensic examination on the same to zero in on the accused. Jyotipriya Singh, deputy commissioner of police (economic offences wing and cyber cell). is heading the special investigation team (SIT) which is probing the ₹94.42 crore cyber robbery at Cosmos Bank.

The cybercrime sleuths have sought logs of all the foreign transactions from Visa payment gateway to probe the massive online fraud. Cosmos Bank has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services network agency, to conduct a forensic audit of the fraud.

On August 14, Cosmos Bank announced that a multinational hacking ring siphoned off ₹ 94.42 crore from the pool account of the Pune-headquartered bank on August 11 and August 13. Milind Kale, the bank’s chairman has called the online fraud as an attack on the Indian banking industry from multinational cyber criminals operating from 28 nations. In the first hit, the bank lost an aggregate of ₹80.50 crore in multiple ATM swipes in 28 countries, while in the second cyber assault, the hackers siphoned off ₹13.92 crore via Swift transfers.

First Published: Aug 29, 2018 16:38 IST