Friday, May 10, 2013

Germany arrests two suspected of cyber heist

German prosecutors said on Friday they had arrested two Dutch people suspected of involvement in a global cyber theft of $45 million from two Middle Eastern banks.

On Thursday U.S. prosecutors said a criminal gang had withdrawn the money from cash machines in 27 countries.

The Duesseldorf prosecutor's office said a 35-year-old male and a 56-year-old woman had been caught on February 19 withdrawing 170,000 euros in Duesseldorf using Bank of Muscat credit cards. In total, $2.4 million dollars had been withdrawn in seven German cities.

"We have arrested two Dutch people in Germany who apparently took part in this crime," a spokesman for the office said.