Swedish police have announced the details of an attempted bank heist that occurred last August. An alert bank employee noticed that his computer had begun a large transaction – apparently all by itself. On further investigation, the employee discovered a device hidden under his desk and connected to his computer. So he took quick action and pulled the plug, stopping the transaction.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden – A gang of Swedish criminals was seconds away from completing a digital bank heist when an alert employee literally pulled the plug on their brazen scam, investigators said Wednesday.
The would be bank robbers had placed "advanced technical equipment" under the employee's desk that allowed them to take control of his computer remotely, prosecutor Thomas Balter Nordenman said in a statement.
The employee discovered the device shortly after he realized his computer had started an operation to transfer "millions" from the bank into another account, Nordenman said.
"By pulling out the cable to the device, the employee managed to stop the intended transfer at the last second," he said.
Authorities kept news of the attempted crime secret until they had the suspected thieves in custody. Seven people have been arrested. There is no word whether dwarfs were involved, however.