Computer hackers have stolen an alleged 5.5 million euros from state-owned, Dutch bank ABN AMRO.
The report of the theft was published in the daily broadsheet, De Telegraaf. However, the amount of the digital heist is disputed by the Dutch Association of Banks (NVB), which says it is nearly impossible to hack a bank from outside.
The thirteen people who have been arrested for the robbery, which took place in March 2010, are not connected to the bank. Sources close to the investigation say that the hackers were able to manipulate the bank's account system, but neither police nor ABN AMRO are giving any further details.
The hackers transferred the money to an accomplice in the town of Wageningen who who then sent various amounts to accounts in Belgium, Hungary and other countries.
The thirteen have been officially accused of fraud, theft and money laundering. Police found them by back-tracing the stolen money. Some 2 million euros have been retrieved by ABN AMRO, but the remainder is still missing.
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