A gang of criminals made off with $45 million by hacking ATM machines around the globe in what authorities are calling one of the biggest cyber heists in history.
Federal prosecutors said the thefts took place when hackers broke into a database of prepaid debit cards from banks in the Middle East.
Cyber thieves positioned around the world then used that information to create debit cards, and drain cash machines. They plundered ATMs in 27 countries.
One cell of thieves stole almost $2.3 million in cash from machines in New York in just one day.
Officials said no customer accounts were affected.
Seven people have been arrested in the case and police say "many more" cyber crimes like this one are expected in the future.