The FBI and police realized dozens of arrests as part of an effort suppression of many criminal gangs who took advantage of a malfunction in software of its ATMs Santander to make more money from what their cards had.
According to the media, most of the arrests took place at Hamilton (20 suspects), in various cities in Morris County (19) and in Sayreville (11). Smaller groups of suspects were also arrested in BloomfieldAt Robbinsville and Holmdel, while suspicious withdrawals were also detected in Woodbridge, in cities throughout Middlesex County and in areas Booton, Randolph, Montville, South Windsor, Hoboken, Newark, and even New York itself.
The criminals were taking advantage of a malfunction of their software TMJ
According to leaked information, the criminal gangs seem to have found one error in Santander ATM software.
The error allowed criminals to use fake debit cards or valid preloaded debit cards to withdraw more money from ATMs than were available (on the cards).
Details on this error were initially kept private and shared or sold between ATM-targeted criminal groups.
As a result, many criminal gangs began exploiting the software bug, resulting in a sudden increase in cash's from Santander ATMs, which caught the attention of banks. employees and triggered research.
The bank finally understood what was happening and filed complaints with FBI to start research across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Santander closed all its ATMs to avoid further attacks
To avoid further losses, Santander closed all its ATMs on Tuesday.
"Santander is pleased to announce that after the events of the day before yesterday, the stores are open and the ATMs are online again, although the ATMs are only open in customers of Santander, for the time being ", said a representative of Santander yesterday.
"The bank hopes to make its ATMs available to non-customers in the near future and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Customers need to know that there was no effect on accounts, The data or their money and we continue to work with law enforcement agencies, as they investigate this situation, "said Santander.