It was only in July 1994 that Citibank customers began reporting a total of $400,000 missing from two accounts. The Citibank's security system was able to flag two transfers in August 1994. One was for $26,800, the other for $304,000. Bank officials immediately contacted the FBI, which began tracking Levin as he continued to trespass into Citibank's systems and make more transfers. They tracked a total of 18 login sessions over a few weeks between June and October 1994. Through the efforts of the FBI authorities, Citibank officials, and Russian telephone employees, they pinpointed the source of Levin's operation to the workplace of Levin in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was finally arrested in Heathrow airport in London in March 1995. But this was just one of the first occurrences that brought Russian organized cybercrime to the FBI's watch list.
More in part two of this three-part series.
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