Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How international hackers and their crews stole $45 million in a few hours

Elvis Rafael Rodriguez is in the building, but, it’s not the building of his choice.

A smiling Rodriguez and his friend Emir Yasser Yeje were photographed in what appears to be a posed shot with a large pile of cash between them. They certainly were not the brains of the international operation in what is being billed as a $45 million bank cyber theft.

Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch announced the arrest of the pair along with five others who allegedly were part of just one local cell in the worldwide heist. The series of arrests took place throughout April. The leader of their Yonkers, NY cell was found murdered in the Dominican Republic late last month, authorities said.

“When the street crews get pinched, it’s probably good business to kill the intermediaries,” said electronic evidence expert Bill Murray of West Hartford ...

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