Pair bailed after £1.6m cash machines theft

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TWO people have been bailed after a cyber attack saw £1.6m taken from cash machines across the country.

A 37-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman arrested in Old Commercial Road, Buckland, Portsmouth in October were bailed by City of London Police.

It comes after the London Regional Fraud Team launched an operation as it believed a European crime gang inserted viruses into the machines to get steal cash.

The man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud. The woman was arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

Both have been bailed until February this year.

As reported, the affected machines were in Blackpool, Brighton, Doncaster, Liverpool, London, Portsmouth and Sheffield.

Machines were physically broken into and infected with a computer virus and then cash was withdrawn.

Detectives believe the malware installed in the machines deleted itself after the money was taken. Individuals’ data was not compromised.

The attack happened over the May bank holiday weekend last year and hit 51 cash machines.

An address in Edmonton, London, was also searched in the police operation last year.

Detective Inspector Dave Strange warned at the time: ‘Cyber-enabled crime presents a major threat to our public and private sectors and to an increasing number of citizens.’