Cosmos Bank Cyber Attack Case: Pune Police Arrests Two More Accused, Recovers Rs 3.55 Lakh
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Pune, Sep 13: The Pune Police achieved a major breakthrough on Thursday by arresting two more accused in connection with the online theft at Cosmos Bank, in which hackers allegedly siphoned off Rs 94.42 crore through a malware attack on the bank's server in two days. According to a tweet by ANI, the two accused arrested by Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Pune City Police were produced before Pune session court today and have been sent to police custody till September 18. On September 11, two people were arrested and are already in police custody.

According to reports, the Pune Police has seized a total of Rs 3.55 lakh, six hard-discs, two CDs, two mobiles and one SIM cards and one DVD, two pen drives from their possession. Reports inform that the arrested persons are said to be young and uneducated. The arrested duo has been identified as Fahim Mehfuj Shaikh (27) of Bhiwandi and Fahim Azim Khan (30) of Aurangabad.

The Pune cyber crime team had been investigating the case by working via different means and on inputs by cyber experts. On August 11 and 13, unidentified hackers had stolen information of the bank's VISA and Rupay card customers through malware, attacked SWIFT system and siphoned off Rs total 94 crore.

According to a report by PTI, the hackers had attacked the banks' ATM switch server and withdrew a total Rs 78 crore from various ATMs in 28 countries and another Rs 2.5 crore was taken out within India. In another attack on August 13, hackers again fraudulently transferred Rs 13.92 crore in a Hong Kong-based bank using the proxy SWIFT system, police have said.