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Police foil multi-million pound cyber plot to take over computers at Santander bank

Santander has said no money was ever at risk in the failed cyber plot. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Twelve men have been arrested over an alleged multi-million pound cyber plot to take over Santander bank's computers.

Police released an image of the type of device used by the cyber gang (pictured below) in the foiled attempt at a Santander bank branch in south-east London.

The Metropolitan Police said a plotter had posed as an engineer to fit a keyboard video mouse (KVM) device to a computer at the bank to transmit its desktop contents

ITV News correspondent Neil Connery reports:

Police said the KVM device above is similar to that used in the Santander plot. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Using the gadget, the gang remotely took control of all the computers at the branch in Surrey Quays shopping centre, but the Spanish bank said they were unable to steal any money.

The bank branch pulled its shutters down and queues of worried customers used the cash points outside to check whether all funds were still in their accounts.

No money had been taken.