On Sunday, July 10th, several people wearing masks stole $2 million from Taiwan’s First Bank. Authorities say they did not use bank cards to commit the crime, but are believed to have hooked up a smart phone to the machines. After the machine released the money, the thieves put the cash in backpacks and took off!
The thieves have not been caught, but authorities believe they came from Russia or Eastern Europe.
After investigating the machines, prosecutors determined the machines were infected with 3 different malware files that triggered the machines to release the money and delete all evidence. This robbery is described as unique and unlike anything Taiwan has ever experienced before.
Following this robbery, Taiwan’s First Bank shut down their ATM’s to investigate further and see what they can do to prevent this moving forward.