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Hackers get access to bank accounts in Austria, send several thousands of Euros to Ukraine

The malefactors hacked into two smartphones to siphon the money
10:04, 8 October 2018

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A hacking incident occurred in Austria, where hackers got to the personal bank data of smartphone users; the perpetrators withdrew several thousands of Euros from each account and transferred them to Ukraine. Noe.Orf reported this on its website, referring to the local police. 

'The police search for the unknown criminals who hacked two cell phones to get the data from the bank accounts of their owners. In both cases, the perpetrators withdrew money from the accounts and performed the transfer to Ukraine,' reads the message.

The incidents actually took place in May, but the law enforcers only made the information public just now.

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At first, the malefactors hacked the smartphone of a 52-year-old woman in the town of Schwechat, getting the access to the online banking system. On May 16, they withdrew the money from the account twice, using a 'smart money' app, where no card is required, only a PIN code. Later, two money transfers were performed, with the money being sent to Ukraine. In the end, the bank account owner lost a four-digit sum in Euros.

Another incident like this occurred in Vienna in May; a 55-year-old resident of the Austrian capital city had her smartphone hacked and the money siphoned off her account. The four-digit sum of money was moved to Ukraine as well.

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