GEORGE TOWN, OCT 9 – A bank in Bayan Baru is believed to have become the latest target of hacking activities. Routine checks on closed circuit television camera (CCTV) footage showed a man, believed to be a foreigner (Middle Easterner or Latin American) attempting to hack an auto teller machine (ATM). According to Southwest district police chief Superintendent Lai Fah Hin, a police report was lodged by the bank management upon realising the incident which took place on Sept 25. “The report was made last night at the Bayan Baru police station following routine viewing of the CCTV which showed a a suspicious looking man near the machine.
“The suspect was seen in the footage trying to perform transactions in a suspicious manner but his attempts were unsuccessful. “The case is still being investigated and police are trying to identify the suspect and trace him,” said Lai when contacted The case follows the recent spate of hacking activities on several ATMs in the country, namely in the Klang Valley, leading the police to launch a special operation, “Ops Albatross”, to track down and bring those responsible to justice, including releasing photos of the suspects believed to be Latin Americans. Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Sri Mortadza Nazarene was reported as saying last week that police had established the suspects’ mode of operation, which involved inserting a malware into the ATMs.