A high-ranking police officer from Thailand visited Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) Tuesday to learn more about its efforts against crime that involves hacking of banks' automatic teller machines (ATMs).
Maj. Gen. Supasate Chokchai, chief of the Technology Crime Suppression Division of the Royal Thai Central Investigation Bureau, said he was consulting with Taiwan law enforcement, particularly about a cyber heist in Taiwan last month, and hoped to learn from their experience.
Taiwan's expertise in cracking down on such types of crime can serve as reference for Thai investigators in similar cases, he said.
In the most recent case in Thailand, hackers stole 12.29 million baht (US$378,310) from 21 ATMs of the state-run Government Savings Bank (GSB) in Bangkok and some southern provinces July 9-10.
The robbery forced the GSB to indefinitely suspend services at about 4,000 of its ATMs, which were manufactured by a Scottish company, according to Thai police.
In Taiwan, police last month arrested three suspects and recovered most of the cash stolen in a similar operation.
The thieves, believed to be part of an international crime ring, hacked into the computer system of First Bank and ejected NT$83.27 million (US$2.62 million) from 41 of its ATMs in Taipei, New Taipei and Taichung between July 9 and 11.
The CIB said Thailand has been an important partner in the effort to crack down on international telecom fraud and drug smuggling and it hopes the two countries can expand their bilateral cooperation against cross-border crime.
Source: Focus Taiwan