U.K. police charge 4 men with attempt to rob bank by taking control of computer
Published Saturday, September 14, 2013 7:28AM EDT
LONDON -- British police have charged four men with attempting to rob a bank by taking control of its computer system.
Police say the suspects were arrested after a bogus maintenance engineer tried to install a keyboard-video-mouse -- a device typically used to control several computers at once -- on a computer at a branch of Spanish bank Santander.
Detectives say the hardware could have "allowed the suspects to take control of the bank's computer remotely."
London's Metropolitan Police said Lanre Mullins-Abudu, Dean Outram, Akash Vaghela and Asad Ali Qureshi, aged 25 to 35, had been charged with conspiracy to steal and would appear in court Saturday.
Eight other suspects have been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Santander said none of its staff was involved in the attempted heist.