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Bank 'cyber hack' plot arrests

12 men have been arrested over allegedly attempting to take control of a Santander bank computer at a branch in London. Police say the "audacious" plot involved using a keyboard video mouse to remotely access the PC.

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Group 'tried to steal millions via bank keyboard plot'

Police said the computer device would allow the group to transmit what was seen on the bank computer screen to a remote computer. Credit: Press Association

The attempted multi-million pound theft at Santander involved fitting a keyboard video mouse (KVM) device to a computer within the bank's Surrey Quays branch, the Metropolitan Police has said.

This would allow the suspects to view the desktop contents of the bank computer and take control of it from a remote location.

The Met said: "Yesterday's time-critical, dynamic response was achieved by working in partnership with the banking sector, thwarting a very significant and audacious cyber-enabled offence."

The 12 men arrested are being held at a London police station following searches at a number of addresses across the capital.

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