Prague, Aug 16 (CTK) – The Prague police have caught three Russian citizens who repeatedly hacked the software of an automatic teller machine (ATM) in the city’s centre and withdrew three million crowns from it, the police spokesman Tomas Hulan said yesterday.
In house searches, the police seized about half of the sum the foreigners withdrew.
The suspects have been remanded in custody and they may be punished with up to eight years in prison.
The police received the report that the ATM was robbed on July 14 for the first time. They revealed that the perpetrators hacked the ATM’s software. Another hacking attack came on July 19. On July 21, the police caught the three persons during their third hacking attack.
The police investigation revealed that the foreigners committed the same crime in three neighbouring countries – Germany, Poland and Slovakia, Hulan said.
He said this was a new type of hacking attacks that appeared all over Europe. In the past, skimming was the most common kind of attack against ATMs.