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US charges nine in million-dollar bank hacking case

Published on Apr 12, 2014 12:07 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US officials said Friday that nine people, including three Ukrainians and a Russian, were charged in a scheme that stole millions of dollars by hacking into online bank accounts.

An indictment unsealed Friday alleges that the hackers used "Zeus" malware to steal passwords, account numbers, and other information necessary to log into online banking accounts.

In the scheme dating back to 2009, the nine worked to infect computers with "Zeus" to allow the hackers to access their accounts.

They then used "money mules" in the United States to withdraw funds and make transfers to others abroad.

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