Westpac robbed by Russian mafia

security       2004-06-01 
A SOPHISTICATED internet banking scam contrived by the Russian mafia has forced Westpac Bank to start reimbursing an unknown number of its customers several million dollars.

In the scam, the subject of an Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation, the foreign crime syndicate hacked into 30 computers around the world.

One of these belonged to Brisbane private investigator Paul Duggan, whose website, www.paramilitary.com, was used without his knowledge to host a ghost site resembling Westpac's own internet banking page.