A Romanian cyber crook who was convicted of designing ATM ‘skimmers' to steal £30 million has begun re-uploading blueprints of the devices to his website, shortly after skipping bail and fleeing the country during his trial.
The fraudster, Alexandru Sovu, designed the ATM 'skimmers' to capture data from the magnetic stripes of bank cards after being placed into a cash machine, giving criminals access to the money connected to the card, when used in conjunction with a device to capture people's PINs.
However, he absconded during his trial at Blackfriars Crown Court after he was granted bail while awaiting sentencing. He and is now believed to be on the run in either China or Romania.
According to the MailOnline, Sovu has began re-uploading blueprints of the ATM skimmers to his website cardreaderfactory.com, something law makers have referred to as "putting two fingers up to law and order".
Sovu was part of a gang of Romanians who built the skimmers and false ATM fronts from a shed in a back garden in Essex. They used toy remote control cars to fool airport security when transporting the skimmers, the court heard during the trial .They did this by placing them inside the cars, which appeared as standard wiring for the toys.
After hearing how Sovu designed the skimmers to helped a gang distribute the devices across the world, resulting in the £3 million scam, Judge Rajeev Shetty said he feared using a cash machine again.
He told jurors: "I know for one that I will never use an ATM machine again with such confidence.
"Sovu is likely to be sentenced for a long time when he is caught. He is a man on wanted lists all over the world. This case may well appear in the papers over the next few days and his image will be circulated widely."
Shetty commented on how Sovu had released the methods he used on the internet to allow fraudsters to build their own scams.
"He has shown breathtaking arrogance and put two fingers up to law and order," he added.
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