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Police charge two Uzbeks for bank Trojan attack

Ian Grant

Police have charged two Uzbekistan nationals with conspiracy to defraud, possession of articles for use in fraud, and money laundering and bailed seven other eastern Europeans in connection with the first Police Central E-Crime Unit (PCeU) raids on 8 April.

The two Uzbeks, Azim (23) and Azamat (25) Rahmanov, were remanded in custody. Four women and three men, all under 30, were bailed to reappear in late June. The Rahmanovs will appear in court on 10 June.

Police are continuing their investigations.

On 8 April Computer Weekly reported that the PCeU, working with police and bank officials, raided addresses in London. The raids followed a coordinated investigation into the use of a Trojan virus to steal money from bank accounts.

The virus allowed the suspects to steal money from bank accounts by transferring it to accounts set up and controlled by the gang. People recruited by the gang then withdrew the cash.

More than 50 officers from the PCeU, local boroughs and Specialist Crime Directorate operated for the first time as a "virtual task force". Police said at the time this was "an innovative approach to tackling e-crime".


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