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Hackers took money from Belarusian ATMs without cards

The main investigative department of Belarus has completed the investigation of the criminal case about embezzlement of funds of the banking institution. Criminals with malware received remote access to computer systems of ATMs, which allowed them to take control of the devices. Then remittance was remotely activated, and so-called “mules” received money from ATMs located in different cities.

These actions caused damage to the banks of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan in the amount of more than 2 million Belarusian rubles in equivalent. One of the “mules” was a person involved in a completed criminal case. As noted on the website of the UK, he was not initiated into all details of the crime being committed.

It turned out that a 49-year-old resident of Riga, code-named Ivan Ivanovich, a citizen of the Russian Federation, wanted to pay his debts to his acquaintances. In August 2016, he offered to come to Belarus and provide a service – “pick up the documents.” In fact, the service consisted in arriving at several addresses to ATMs at the right time, and at the right time to withdraw money: they appeared from the device themselves, no need to use any bank cards.

Later, he collected money from different ATMs of the capital of Belarus, he had to transfer to another member of the group, introducing himself as Ivan Ivanovich. “Ivan Ivanych” finished the role to the end and returned to Latvia.

In total, there were more than thirty such episodes of withdrawals from ATMs by several “mules” of money during the investigation in the main case.

Caused the amount of more than 163 thousand rubles reimbursed by a 49-year-old figurant in full. The actions of the accused are qualified by the investigation under Part 4 of Art. 212 (theft by using computer equipment, committed by an organized group on an especially large scale) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus.

The criminal case was referred to the prosecutor for referral to the court.

This case was separated from a larger one, about the activities of an organized criminal group, the investigation of which was completed in the autumn of 2017. One of the leaders of the group by the court of the Partizansky district of Minsk was sentenced in February 2018 to 11 years 6 months of imprisonment (the verdict did not enter into legal force).

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