Pattaya Daily News

10 August 2010 :: 14:08:43 pm 34890

German Men Arrested in Pattaya over Internet Banking Theft

Two young German nationals have been arrested in Pattaya on Monday after allegedly hacking the bank accounts of a Royal Military Academy lecturer. The two men where found to have stolen approximately Bt700,000 from the victim using information logging viruses.
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Pattaya, the 9th of August 2010: Crime Suppression Division Police, under the guidance of Colonel Supisan Pakdinaruenart (Acting Commander) arrested Mr. Dominik Iacono [22] and Dave Ackermann [23] after investigations revealed them as suspects in an internet banking case.

The pair reportedly used various information logger “trojan” viruses to steal the banking information of Colonel Khatthiyaporn Kamart, a lecturer at the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy. Colonel Kamart reported the theft of approximately Bt700,000 to police, instigating the subsequent investigation.

Allegedly, having hacked Col. Kamart’s Bangkok Bank account, the money was transferred into the account of an unnamed Thai man, who had been hired to collude with the German offenders. Police began tracing the money, finding that it had been withdrawn by the two men from an ATM in Pattaya.

Police investigations subsequently uncovered the pair having stolen more than Bt100 million from innocent civilians accounts in the last year alone. All cases involved the use of similar hacking techniques to the case of Col Kamart’s.

At present, both men have confessed to the crimes, but exclaimed that they had been acting on the orders of an unnamed Russian national, believed to be part of an e-banking crime syndicate perpetrating their crimes in Thailand. Police investigations into these allegations are ongoing, while the two German men have been remanded in custody awaiting the commencement of further judicial proceedings.

An official announcement by the Bangkok Bank urged all customers to maintain vigilance when using internet banking, expressing the necessity of having adequate, up-to-date virus detection software installed on your computer to help prevent viruses of this nature.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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