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IT almost pulls off Swedish job for bank robbers

Antony Savvas

A group of suspects have been arrested by Swedish authorities for allegedly attempting to steal millions of kronor from a Swedish bank using remote-controlled computer equipment.

The suspects, from the Stockholm area, were arrested as they allegedly planned another heist, after failing in the previous raid on Swedbank last August.

Prosecutors allege the gang placed "advanced technical equipment" under the desk of a Swedbank worker which enabled them to control his computer remotely.

The banker at the Knivsta branch of Swedbank, north of Stockholm, saw that his cursor was moving independently, and that his computer was starting to transfer millions of kronor into another account.

"By pulling out the cable to the device, the employee managed to stop the intended transfer at the last second," said a spokesman.

It is believed the illicit computer equipment had been installed during a previous break-in at the bank.

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