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An IT worker at Bank of America has been charged with hacking ATM systems so that machines handed out cash without recording his transactions, IDG reports.

Rodney Reed Caverly, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was charged with a single count of computer fraud over the alleged creation of malware that infected bank computers and ATMs. The alleged miscreant used his inside knowledge as a member of staff responsible for designing and maintaining computer systems and cash machines to carry out the crime, prosecutors charge.

Fraudulent withdrawals took place between March 2009 and October 2009. Losses to the bank are unspecified at this stage of legal proceedings, but above the $5,000 minimum necessary to file computer fraud charges.

Bank Infosecurity reports that the fraud, which did not affect customer accounts, was detected using the BofA's internal control system.

Caverly, who faces charges punishable upon conviction by a prison sentence of up to five years, is next due to appear before a Charlotte court next Tuesday (13 April). ®

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