Cyber crime expert missing in Bangladesh

A cyber crime expert has disappeared after talking to police and the media about an attempted $951 million (€843m) cyber heist from Bangladesh’s central bank, his wife said.

Kamrun Nahar Chowdhury said her husband Tanveer Hassan Zoha had been taken from a motorised rickshaw in the early hours of Thursday by people in plainclothes who blindfolded him and drove off with him

The heist at Bangladesh Bank led to the resignation of bank governor Atiur Rahman on Tuesday after details emerged of $81 million (€72m) of the bank’s money reaching casino operators in the Philippines.

It was one of the largest cyber robberies in history.

In early February hackers tried in all to steal $951 million from the central bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which it uses for international settlements.

Before his disappearance, Zoha went with members of a special police force to the central bank where they spent several hours.

Afterwards, he told reporters that he knew three of the user IDs used for the heist.

Kamrun Nahar said police had refused to investigate her husband’s disappearance and appealed to the government for help to free him. Police were unavailable for comment.

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