Barclays hacking attack: four charged over £1.3 million theft

390_barclaysFour men have been charged in connection with the theft of £1.3m from a Barclays bank branch by taking control of its computer system.

The money was transferred by a computer at a branch in Swiss Cottage, north London, in April after an alleged hacking attack.

It is believed somebody posing as an engineer at the branch planted a “keyboard video mouse” (KVM) that allowed thieves to access accounts.

Police carried out a secret intelligence operation following the theft and this week staged a number of searches at properties across London, where they seized cash, jewellery, drugs and credit cards.

Four men arrested by police in connection with the theft are due to appear Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Michael Victor Harper, 26, an estate agent from Hampstead, north west London and Lewis James Murphy, 29, from Chelsea, central London, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

Darius Bolder, 34, unemployed from Chelsea, central London, was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to steal, while Tony Colston-Hayter, 47, unemployed from Marylebone, central London, was charged with conspiracy to steal.

A further four men arrested have been released on bail.

Metropolitan Police Detective superintendent Terry Wilson would not comment on whether other banks had suffered similar attempted thefts, but said none had lost money.

“We’ve no evidence of other banks at the moment that have suffered losses in terms of the use of a KVM, however … we are sharing intelligence in order that banking security can be enhanced, and this type of crime actually designed out, by hardening their security systems,” he said.

Alex Grant, Barclays’ managing director of fraud prevention, said the bank had “acted swiftly” on the day of the theft. Read the entire article here>>

Source: The Telegraph