Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DARSHANA SANJEEWA

Litro Gas Lanka Ltd Chair­man Shalila Moonesinghe has been re­moved from his post by the Pub­lic En­ter­prises Devel­op­ment Min­istry yes­ter­day.

They were ar­rested by the CID on charges of the trans­fer­ring of US$1.1 mil­lion from the Far East­ern In­ter­na­tional Bank of Tai­wan to his per­sonal ac­count in Sri Lanka.

The CID in­formed Colombo Fort Mag­is­trate Lanka Ja­yaratne that ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports that the Tai­wanese Bank was hacked and US$69.5 mil­lion trans­ferred to sev­eral ac­counts in coun­tries world­wide in­clud­ing Sri Lanka.

The CID in­formed Court that ac­cord­ing to the Tai­wanese Bank the hack­ers had used mal­ware to carry out vir­tual trans­ac­tions trans­fer­ring funds from ac­counts belonging to its cus­tomers to ac­counts in sev­eral coun­tries such as Sri Lanka, Cam­bo­dia and the United States.

“Part of the money was trans­ferred to the Bank of Cey­lon (BOC), New York Branch while the rest was trans­ferred to other coun­tries,” a CID detective said.

The CID said the sus­pects had re­quested the BOC to trans­fer Rs. 50 mil­lion from their ac­count to an ac­count at the National Devel­op­ment Bank (NDB) but for some rea­son or other the money had not been trans­ferred to that par­tic­u­lar ac­count.

The CID said the first sus­pect, Janaka Chaminda Nam­muni was ar­rested while at­tempt­ing to with­draw Rs. 80 mil­lion from an ac­count at the BOC. He is re­ported to have with­drawn Rs.30 mil­lion from this ac­count last Wednesday.

It said the sus­pects had given Rs.10.5 mil­lion to two In­di­ans on the day of their ar­rest and re­port­edly the two In­di­ans had fled the coun­try. The CID in­formed Court that Tai­wan’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Bureau was pre­par­ing to send in­ves­ti­ga­tors to Sri Lanka to seek fur­ther de­tails on the ar­rest of the sus­pects ac­cused of help­ing hack­ers to steal mil­lions of US dol­lars from the bank.

It said the Tai­wanese Bank had al­ready re­cov­ered most of the stolen money leav­ing an­other US$20 mil­lion still

out­stand­ing. The CID told Court it still could not iden­tify the ex­act des­ti­na­tions to which funds were trans­ferred and hoped to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to record com­puter ev­i­dence.

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