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A thief has been arrested in Spain. Police had been trying to find him for a long time. He stole €1 billion ($1.24 billion) through hacking.

The man was the leader of a group of thieves. The group stole money from banks using computers. They did this for many years.

They could even tell an ATM to give them money for free. Police in many countries have been trying to find the group.

They are now trying to find the other members.

Difficult words

Thief: A person who takes something that does not belong to them.

Arrested: To be taken by the police

Stole: Taking something that does not belong to you.

Hacking: To use a computer to take control of something that uses the internet and is not yours.

Members: People that are part of a group.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: 

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Thief  A. Taken
 2. Arrested  B. Person in a group
 3. Stole  C. Taken by police
 4. Hacking  D. Robber
 5. Members E. Using the internet in a bad way

True or False?

1.  A thief was arrested in France. T / F

2. Police had been trying to find him for 2 weeks. T / F

3. The thief stole lots of money from banks. T / F

4. They stole money for 1 year. T / F

5.  Many countries have been trying to find this thief. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. thief / has / A / in / been / Spain / arrested

2. of / of / leader / the / thieves / group / was / a / man / The

3. They / this / did / many / for / years

4. trying / the / have / to / countries / find / Many / group / been

5. members / to / other / find / the / are / now / They / trying

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Group Years Find
Members Thief Money

A _________ has been arrested in Spain. Police had been trying to _______ him for a long time. He stole €1 billion ($1.24 billion) through hacking.

The man was the leader of a _________ of thieves. The group stole money from banks using computers. They did this for many _________.

They could even tell an ATM to give them _________ for free. Police in many countries have been trying to find the group.

They are now trying to find the other ___________.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you know about hacking?
4. Do you worry about someone hacking into your computer?
5. Why do you think hackers do what they do?
6. Do you think hackers help with technology development?
7. What punishment should a hacker receive?
8. Is stealing digitally the same as stealing physically?
9. What do you think about illegally downloading music and movies from the internet?
10. Do you make sure to download and update the security on your computer?
11. How much do you try to protect your digital life?
12. What is the worst thing a hacker could do to the world?
13. What’s the worst example of hacking that you have heard of?
14. Do you think there is less and less safety with computers?
15. Do you think large companies worry about hackers?
16. Do you use difficult passwords for your devices and accounts?
17. Do you know what two-factor authentication is?
18. How can we better protect our information?
19. Do you think banks are weak against cyber threats?
20. What questions would you like to ask the hacker?