Lengthy trial scheduled in case of computer crooks

Some 64 persons linked to a fraud ring that raided the accounts of bank customers by means of computers starts today in the Tribunal Penal de San José,

Computer crooks took some 110 million colons, at least $220,000 from individuals and companies. The crimes happened in 2007 and 2008. The thefts were among the reasons why banks have beefed up their security.

The trial is scheduled to last into mid-December. Four of the suspects have been identified as the leaders. The majority of the others accused allowed the computer crooks to run money through their accounts, said the Poder Judicial.

There have been at least 26 victims who lost money in 205 transactions, said the Poder Judicial. The money vanished through the use of a keylogger software that registered the key strokes of computer users and thereby gained their bank passwords.

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