Santander Bank Hacking Plot: Four In Court
Four men have appeared in court over an attempt to take control of computers at a Santander bank branch to steal millions of pounds.
It is alleged one of the gang posed as an engineer to fit a computer at the branch in Surrey Quays shopping centre, southeast London, with a "keyboard video mouse" (KVM).
The device, which can be purchased online for as little as £10, allegedly allowed them to transmit the contents of the computer's desktop and take control of all computers at the branch.
But the attempt failed and the Spanish bank said "no money was ever at risk".
Lanre Mullins-Abudu, 25, from Putney, southwest London; Dean Outram, 34, from northwest London; Akash Vaghela, 27, from Hounslow, west London; and Asad Ali Qureshi, 35, from southwest London, are charged with conspiracy to steal.
They spoke only to confirm their names and details when they appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday.
They are accused of committing a "very significant and audacious cyber-enabled offence" that would have cost Santander millions of pounds.
Vaghela was granted conditional bail and the others remanded in custody until the next hearing at Southwark Crown Court on September 27.
Eight other people who were arrested were bailed until mid-November pending further inquiries.
A Santander spokesman said no member of staff was involved.