Cosmos Bank Servers Accused Arrested, More Names Identified

No man is above the law.
-William H Pryor Jr.

Cosmos Bank Case — 2 accused arrested, 5 more identified.

The Cybercrime cell of Pune city police on Tuesday arrested two accused in connection with the hacking of Cosmos Bank servers and withdrawal of Rs 94.42 crores.

The arrested accused has been identified as Fahim Mehfuj Shaikh (27) of Bhiwandi and Fahim Azim Khan (30) of Aurangabad. A magistrate court has remanded them to police custody for five days. Police have seized Rs 3.55 lakh from their possession. These two accused along with their five accomplices had used 95 cloned debit cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in Kolhapur, said police.

In a major security breach at Cosmos Bank servers, unidentified persons hacked it’s server and transferred Rs 94.42 crores and withdrawn them.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.

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 about 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The hackers had withdrawn all money transferred from Cosmos Bank.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 offenses 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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