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Would-be Japanese bank e-raiders to be sentenced today

Warwick Ashford

Two Britons face sentencing today for masterminding an audacious attempt to steal £229m electronically from Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui in London in 2004.

Hugh Rodley and David Nash were both found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday on charges of conspiracy to defraud.

Swedish national Inger Malmros, who had consistently denied her guilt, was cleared of all charges. Another suspect, Bernard Davies, died before the trial started.

Security supervisor Kevin O'Donohue and Belgian computer hackers Jan Van Osselaer and Gilles Poelvoorde admitted their roles in the planned theft.

O'Donohue smuggled the hackers into the bank so they could install key-logging software on the bank's computer systems to record employee access details.

The security information was used in an attempt to transfer money to accomplices in Spain, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The transfers failed to go through only because the hackers failed to fill in one of the fields in the Swift system used by banks to make money transfers.

Further attempts were prevented when the bank alerted the UK's former National Hi-Tech Crime Unit that banking systems had been tampered with.


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