Spanish judge indicts 9 persons for cyber fraud

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge has charged nine people with fraud for allegedly participating in the theft of $45 million after a massive hacking of a bank's card payments system.

Judge Eloy Velasco of Spain's National Court said Sunday the suspects include seven Romanians and two Spaniards, who allegedly fraudulently extracted money from ATM cash dispensers in February 2013.

The judge said there is evidence the suspects belong to an international criminal organization that has also laundered money and taken part in credit card fraud.

Velasco said the cash extractions were perpetrated on a global scale and are linked to eight hackers in the United States who penetrated the security system of a company that handled an Omani bank's card payments operations.