Nine Jailed for Cyber Attacks on U.K. Banks

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The U.K.'s Metropolitan Police recently announced that nine members of a gang that stole more than £1.25 million from British banks, were sentenced to a total of 24 years and nine months in prison (h/t The Register).

Lanre Mullins-Abudu, 25, was sentenced to eight years in prison; Steven Hannah, 53, was sentenced to five years in and 10 months in prison; Tony Colston-Hayter, 49, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison; Darius Valentin Bolder, 34, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison; Dean Outram, 32, was sentenced to three years in prison; Adam Raeburn Jefferson, 38, was sentenced to six months of tag-monitored curfew; Segun Ogunfidodo, 27, was sentenced to a community work order and three months of tag-monitored curfew; Dola Leroy Odunsi, 28, was sentenced to a community work order and three months of tag-monitored curfew; and James Lewis Murphy, 39, was sentenced to six months in prison, which had already been served in custody.

The gang used KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switches to attempt to access and control bank accounts at both Barclays Bank and Santander Bank.

Bolder entered Barclays Bank's Swiss Cottage branch on April 4, 2013, and used a KVM switch to enable 128 transfers worth £1,252,490. Barclays reported the attack the same day and recovered about half of the stolen funds.

On July 17, 2013, Outram entered a Lewisham branch of Barclays and used a KVM switch to steal £90,000.

On September 12, 2013, Outram entered Santander Bank's Surrey Quays branch and used a KVM switch to attempt to steal funds, but police arrested Outram, along with several other members of the gang at a separate location.

"Today's convictions are the culmination of a long and highly complex investigation into an organised crime group whose aim was to steal millions of pounds from London banks and credit card companies," detective chief inspector Jason Tunn said in a statement. "Through working with industry partners such as Santander and Barclays, whose efforts in assisting us were immense, we have been able to bring this group to justice."