Russian hacker sells home and cars to pay RBS

A Russian hacker who breached the security of RBS’ WorldPay service and stole $9m (£6m) has had his property sold to compensate the bank.

Viktor Pleshchuk’s two flats and two cars, a BMW and a Lada, were auctioned off in Saint Petersburg on Monday.

According to a Russian news portal RIA Novosti, the sale raised 10m roubles (£200,000).

It reported that the money had been transferred to RBS, something the bank was unable to confirm.

Mr Pleshchuk and seven other Eastern European hackers managed to get their hands on the personal data of thousands of RBS customers in 2008.

They used the information to create fake debit cards and withdraw huge amounts of cash from ATMs in as many as 280 cities around the world.

The money was taken from 2,100 bank cash machines within 12 hours in the US, Russia, Estonia, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan and Canada.

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