Eight arrested over e-theft from Barclays in London

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“Bank management must also ensure open and effective communication with supervisors so that we can effectively do our jobs,” said Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry in a statement issued with his agency’s settlement filing. “Anything less is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” The Federal Reserve, and Financial Conduct Authority in Great Britain also settled their investigations with the bank. “We have accepted responsibility and acknowledged our mistakes from the start, and we have learned from them and worked to fix them,” said JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon in a statement issued by the bank. “We will continue to strive towards being considered the best bank across all measures not only by our shareholders and customers, but also by our regulators.” In an unrelated issue, the Comptroller of the Currency announced enforcement actions against the bank Thursday for unfair billing practices related to identity-theft protection and for problems in connection with efforts to ensure that service members receive credit protection for their non-home loans. The bank said it had moved to redesign its practices. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also ordered JPMorgan and its consumer and commercial division to pay $309 million in refunds for improper credit card practices. The bank said it had already issued credits or refunds to customers who were affected. JPMorgan shares closed down 1.2% at $52.75 in Thursday trading. Despite the new London whale settlements, JPMorgan still faces a criminal investigation of the trading episode by federal prosecutors and a separate civil probe by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Iksil, who no longer works for the bank, is cooperating with the criminal investigation by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office in New York. In a federal affidavit filed last month, two other former JPMorgan Chase employees directly involved in the London whale trades were charged with conspiracy, falsifying books and records, wire fraud and making false filings with the SEC. The two, Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout, were formally indicted Monday on charges they manipulated and inflated the value of the trading positions to cover up the true size of the deepening losses.

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British police said Friday they have arrested eight men after a gang stole ??1.3 million (1.5 million euros, $2.09 million) from Barclays bank by taking control of a branch computer system.AFP/File LONDON (AFP) British police said Friday they have arrested eight men after a gang stole ??1.3 million (1.5 million euros, $2.09 million) from Barclays bank by taking control of a branch computer system. The men, aged between 24 and 47, were arrested on Thursday and Friday morning on allegations of conspiracy to steal from Barclays and conspiracy to defraud British banks. They are accused of a theft in April, when a man purporting to be an IT engineer arrived at a Barclays branch in north London saying he was there to fix the computers. He then attached a keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) device with a 3G router to one of the computers, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police. Such devices are routinely used by people in business to work remotely on their office computer systems, but it allowed the gang to remotely transfer money into their bank accounts. “Those responsible for this offence are significant players within a sophisticated and determined organised criminal network, who used considerable technical abilities and traditional criminal know-how to infiltrate and exploit secure banking systems,” said Detective Inspector Mark Raymond of the Central e-Crime Unit. Barclays recovered “a significant amount” of the money stolen, police said, but the arrests are the first in the five-month investigation into the crime. Officers searched a number of addresses across London and Essex, east of the capital, and seized cash, jewellery, drugs, “thousands of credit cards” and personal data, the statement said. One central London premises searched was described by detectives as the “control” centre of the operation. Police foiled a similar plot against Santander last week, arresting 12 men accused to trying to take control of a computer in a branch in London’s financial district. Four men were later charged with conspiracy to steal.


Geoff Marshall, 41, from Ealing, west London, and Anthony Smith, 28, completed the record in 16 hours, 20 minutes and 27 seconds. It is the second time Mr Marshall has held the record, after a total of 25 attempts. The freelance video producer said it took “more skill than people think”. “You have to get off one line and run to the other,” Mr Marshall said. “We run from Cockfosters to High Barnet so it’s a combo of athleticism and the ability to decode a Tube timetable. “People tar you with a trainspotter brush, but I’ve never written down a train number in my life.” The pair’s attempt was completed on 16 August, but it took Guinness World Records more than a month to verify their record. ‘Something always broke’ They were helped by a team of friends who warned them of possible obstacles ahead. The pair, who finished at Heathrow Terminal 5 Tube station, said they only beat their previous times as there had been no problems on the Tube network that day. Mr Marshall said: “Something always broke or went wrong, I love the Tube and the underground but it does break down.” The pair, who will not reveal their exact record-breaking route, said the secret to their success involved starting from the outside of the Tube map and travelling into central London. “It’s like the wheels of a bicycle spoke – you start on the outside and then go back into London, everything comes into the middle,” Mr Marshall said. In 2004 Mr Marshall and Neil Blake held the record with a time of 18 hours, 35 minutes and 43 seconds. Guinness World Records confirmed that the pair had beaten the previous record of 16 hours, 29 minutes and 13 seconds, held by Andy James and Steve Wilson from May 2011.

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In 2013, it appeared that Britain had issued arms exports permits worth A12 billion for some of the worldas most brutal dictatorships, almost all of them on the DSEi guest list while being also listed among countries with ahuman rights concernsa by the British Foreign Office. The Israeli regime accounted for well over 50 percent of the value of the licences issued for the mentioned countries with 381 permits worth A7.8 billion and Saudi Arabia came in second with 417 licences worth A1.8 billion. Both were present at DSEi 2013. The embarrassment over the guest list was such that Sarah Waldron from the Campaign Against Arms Trade said ait reads like a roll call of authoritarian regimes and human rights abusersa, while the House of Commons’ Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) said there is an inherent conflict between strongly promoting arms exports to authoritarian regimes and strongly criticizing their lack of human rights at the same time. And, the last but not the least, DSEi 2013 faced daily protests including, hundreds of people blockading the fair venueas gates as well as preventing the entrance of ships and armored vehicles. As participants in the DSEi 2013 began setting up their stalls on Sunday September 13, hundreds of protesters disrupted their set-up, stopping vehicles carrying military equipment and blocking their access to the eastern entrance of the ExCel center. Blockades were also in place at the western entrance as priests and activists from Christianity Uncut performed an aexorcisma on the fair. With a drones conference planned for the following day on the eve of DSEias official opening on September 15, campaigners superglued themselves to the gates of the US arms giant Lockheed Martin, impeding the entrance for three hours. At the ExCel center, campaigners rallied against the drones conference while others prevented an armored vehicle from entering the venue by sitting in the road. Action on Tuesday started at London City Airport as some 30,000 arms dealers arrived. The main entrance for visitors to the fair was obstructed by Christian activists for some 40 minutes. Later, campaigners also blocked all four entrances of the Cutty Sark restaurant where government representatives and a number of arms dealers were marking the first night of the fair. On Wednesday, government officials faced condemnation of the National Union of Journalists after removal of the press credentials of a journalist who had filmed the protests.