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CID, FBI in tandem to crack BB heist

WT24 Desk

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will work jointly to identify the hackers involved in the $101 million heist of Bangladesh Bank, agencies report.  They will also look into whether anyone of the ultimate beneficiaries of the looted money is linked to Bangladesh.

The decision was taken at a meeting between the CID and an FBI representative, attached with the US Embassy in Dhaka, held at the CID headquarters on Sunday afternoon.

Talking to UNB after the meeting, Additional Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of CID Shah Alam said they had earlier received cooperation from the FBI in many occasions. “Now, we’re seeking its help in connection with the $101 million heist of Bangladesh Bank. Our mutual cooperation will continue,” he said.

Replying to a question, Shah Alam said they will also take support from various international agencies, including the Interpol, to identify the perpetrators involved in the BB money scam. Various issues, including technical support to identify the hackers, came up for discussion at the meeting, he said.

The single member FBI team reached the CID office around 2pm and then sat in the meeting with the CID officials. The hackers swindled out the amount from the central bank’s account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last month. The sensational heist surfaced after a Philippines newspaper published a report on it.

The CID was given the onus of investigation into the incident after the central bank filed a case with Motijheel Police Station in the city on March 15.

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