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FBI Helps Bangladesh Investigate Massive $81M Cyberheist, Kidnapping of Crime Expert

BangladeshBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping Bangladesh investigate a massive heist by hackers who stole $81 million from the country’s central bank last month.

The stolen money was funneled to casino in the Philippines by hackers from six different countries, Time reports. 

“This is the biggest transnational organized crime ever seen in Bangladesh and so we sought both technical and human assistance [from the FBI],” Mirza Abdullahel Baqui, a senior police official, told Reuters.

The theft escalated after one of the country’s leading cybercrime experts, Tanvir Hassan Zoha, was kidnapped while helping investigating the case.

“This is a wake-up call,” former central bank governor Mohammad Farashuddin said.

Before Zoha was kidnapped, he had told the media he identified three of the user IDs involved in the heist – one of the world’s largest.

Former FBI Agent Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Selling Confidential Information

BangladeshBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent who sold confidential information to a man bent on damaging the reputation of a Bangladeshi political rival was sentenced to five years in prison Monday, the New York Daily News. 

Robert Lustyik, 53, of Westchester County, New York, received tens of thousands of dollars in 2011 to sell the information.

Working for the counterintelligence squad at the FBI’s White Plains office, Lustyik had access to damaging documents.

“Robert Lustyik’s criminal conduct, driven by greed and corruption, displayed a disdain for the integrity for which the FBI stands,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.