Taiwan Banks Close Hundreds of ATMs after Hackers Steal $2 Million

Taiwan banks shut hundreds of ATM machines across Taiwan on Tuesday following a NT$70 million ($2.18 million) heist over the weekend, an epa journalist reports.

Two masked persons hacked into the ATM system of First Bank over the weekend, causing 34 ATM machines in Taipei and the western city of Taichung to automatically dispense cash, the bank confirmed this morning.

As the machines hacked were made by German company Wincor, First Bank shut down all its ATMs of the same model – affecting 300 of its 768 machines – nationwide in order to carry out security checks.

Bank of Taiwan, Chang Hwa Bank and Taiwan Cooperative Bank followed suit and suspended the operations of their Wincor ATM machines, local daily The China Post reported.

First Bank said no customers were affected as the stolen money was not withdrawn from individual accounts.

Taiwan police said they were hunting three suspects – the two hackers and a driver – including a Russian national who fled the country Monday and a Taiwanese national believed to still be in the country.


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