In Israeli Court March 16 , 2005 Evening



How police foiled the keylogging bank robbers


Yaron Bolandi Inside the Police Jail Photo



Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:07 AM ET

With his face uncovered, Israeli Yaron Bolondi, 32, is brought from the police station cell to a meeting with his Lawyer by a prison officer in Bat Yam Raziel St. 9 Israel Friday , March 18 , 2005 morning. In this Police Station Israeli National Cyber Crime Unit works. Israeli police, working with British officers, arrested Bolondi Wednesday March 16 , 2005 in connection with the attempt to rob money from the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc., police in Israel said in a statement. British police foiled a high-tech attempt to steal millions of pounds from a Japanese bank's London offices by accessing its computer system and making money transfers, authorities said Thursday. Bolondi was released on bail to home arrest in March 22 , 2005. Israeli and UK Cyber Crime Units in March 21 , 2005 arrested an Israeli man Aharon Abu Hamra suspected of being involved in an attempt to defraud the London branch of the Japanese Sumitomo Mitsui Bank, a case British police called "one of the largest bank robbery attempts ever in the U.K.". Aharon Abu Hamra is a 35-year-old resident of Tel Aviv . Aharon Abu Hamra is suspected of mediating between Yaron Bolondi, and the British counterparts in the fraud. According to cyber cops, Aharon Abu Hamra offered Bolondi to serve as a straw man in Israel in order to launder approximatley 20 million euro gained from the Japanese bank, from which he was supposed to receive a hefty commission. Aharon Abu Hamra was arrested for 5 days in Tel Aviv Court. (4Law Photo/TOMERIKO)