back to article A year after Bank of Valletta 'cyber heist', cuffs applied as cash-cleansing case continues

Nearly a year after Malta's Bank of Valletta (BOV) yanked itself from the internet amid a "cyber intrusion", Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) has made three arrests. Around £800k was transferred to a number of accounts during the 2019 "cyber heist", according to the NCA, one of which was in the UK and held in Belfast. In …

  1. KBeee
    Joke

    Nice to see

    Criminals supporting British industry by buying a Jaaag

    1. WolfFan Silver badge

      Re: Nice to see

      Jaaag and Landy are owned by Tata in India. The Revenge of the Raj...

      1. KBeee

        Re: Nice to see

        You nearly got the "joke" bit

  2. Hans 1 Silver badge
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    Master plan!

    Lucky, they get in and transfer to a UK bank account, smart!

    Then they go to one of the most CCTV'd places on the planet to spend their monies, that is master plan, that's where everybody goes to spend their riches anyway.

    How the police caught these guyz is beyond me, we must have the best police forces on the planet, must have been one of the hardest money trails to follow.

    1. Muscleguy Silver badge

      Re: Master plan!

      After the revelation from the US that roughly 3 in 1,000 cybercriminals get caught it's fairly obvious the clueless, careless ones are the ones being caught. The properly careful, clever ones are not being caught.

      I would have thought it was cybercrime 101 to set up a string of accounts in places like Anguilla to bounce the money around to? If you are so stupid to do what they did you deserve to be caught and cuffed.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Master plan!

      There was an extensive manhunt with a large investigation team interviewing everyone in the area for potential witnesses. At first there were just no leads to follow but just as they were getting ready to close the case as unsolvable a rookie officer had an unusually creative idea.

      PC Newbie gave the DVLA a call and asked for the address they had registered their vehicles to. Despite "getting lucky" PC Newbie has still been reprimanded for failure to follow standard procedure.

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