Cosmos Bank case – Pune police claim same accused involved in Chennai’s City Union Bank case

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NP NEWS NETWORK 

Pune 

The Cybercrime cell of Pune city police which has arrested seven persons till now in connection with the hacking of Cosmos Bank servers and withdrawal of Ra 94.42 crores last month, on Tuesday claimed that four of them are also involved in City Union Bank, Chennai, from where Rs 33 crores were transferred.

Police said that following accused are involved in Chennai case – Naresh Laxminarayan Maharana (34) of Palghar, and Yustes Augustin Vaz alias Anthony (41) of Mumbai, and
Shaikh Mohammad Abdul Jabbar ( 28), Fahim Azim  Khan (30), both residents of Sillod in Aurangabad district.

DCP Jyotipriya Singh said that accused will be handed over to Chennai police for further investigation.

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In a major security breach at Cosmos Bank, unidentified persons hacked it’s server and transferred Rs 94.42 crores and withdrawn them. Bank officials said there was malware attack.

The Bank has lodged a complaint against unidentified persons and ALM Trading Limited, Hong Kong as Rs 13.92 crores was transferred to their account with Hong Kong Bank in Hong Kong.

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According to police, the ATM switch (server) located at Cosmos Bank head office on Ganeshkhind road was hacked between 3 pm to 10 pm on August 11. The hackers had stolen information from Visa and RuPay debit cardholders. In 12,000 transactions of Visa card, they transferred Rs 78 crores out of India. Similarly, in 2849 transactions of RuPay card holders, Rs 2.5 crores was transferred within India.

Again on August 13 around 11.30 am, Rs 13.92 crores were transferred to ALM Trading Limited account in Hong Kong bank through SWIFT transaction.

The hackers had withdrawn all money transferred from Cosmos Bank. Based on complaint from bank official Suhas Gokhale (53), an FIR has been registered with Chatushrungi police station against unidentified persons and ALM Trading for offences under sections 420 (cheating), 379 (theft), 120b (criminal conspiracy), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of Information Technology (IT) Act.

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