Local May 9, 2013 | 3:57 pm

Dominicans in global ring of hackers swiped US$45M is busted in NY

New York.- U.S.authorities Thursday announced the arrest and indictment of seven men who allegedlybelonged to the American branch of an international group of hackers which useddebit card data to steal US$45 million, Efe reports.

Thedefendants, along with another deceased person, together with other groups across20 countries, first stole the card’s magnetic data, along with PIN, and thendistributed to other nations world, East New York District federal prosecutors saidin a statement.

The data wereincluded in purchase cards and later the groups from each country which then launchedthe so-called "unlimited" operations, during which the cash was withdrawnfrom numerous ATMs for several hours.

The firstoperation took place on December 22, 2012, when the network bilked around US$5million in 4,500 ATM operations carried out in many countries, using prepaid carddata of the United Arab Emirates’ Rakbank bank.

On a second,more widespread operation in February 20 using 36,000 ATMs in 24 countries on, forgeddata from prepaid debit cards of the Muscat & Oman Bank during 10 hours nettedthe hackers around US$40 million. In New York alone the operation involvednearly 3,000 ATMs and US$2.4 million.

The authoritiessaid Alberto Yusi Lajud-Pena, 23, who was killed on April 27 in the DominicanRepublic, headed the cell in New York, where they apprehended the Dominicans JaelMejía Collado; Joan Luis Minier Lara; Evan José Peña; José Familia Reyes; ElvisRafael Rodríguez; Emir Yasser Yeje and Chung Yu-Holguín, all residents inYonkers, Nueva York, from 22 to 35 years of age.

Murder in the DR

According tothe outlet francomacorisanos.com, Carlos Manuel González (Vaca Loca) 30, is themain suspect in the shooting death of Alberto Yusi Lajud Peña in San Franciscode Macorix (northeast).

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