British bank accounts hacked

LONDON — Scotland Yard's electronic crimes unit Tuesday arrested 19 people suspected of draining millions of dollars from British banks by hacking into customers' accounts.

Police said they were tracking at least $9.5 million that had been stolen from UK banks in the past three months after thousands of customers' online accounts were hacked. They said this figure is expected to increase as the investigation expands.

Investigators said thousands of personal computers in the UK have been infected with malicious computer codes including one Trojan virus that has allowed criminal gangs to get personal login details and access bank accounts so that money can be transferred to accounts under criminal control.

Speedy progress raises Chilean miners' hopes

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile — Rapid progress Tuesday in the drilling of escape tunnels for 33 trapped miners brought smiles, hugs and cheers of "Viva Chile!" from family members and government officials, as hopes rose that the men might be rescued sooner than planned.

Officials promised the relatives that preparations for the rescue effort on the surface would be ready by Oct. 12, planning for the possibility that the miners could be pulled up nearly a month ahead of schedule.

Plot against Britain, France uncovered

LONDON — Intelligence officials have intercepted a credible terrorist plot against Britain and France, raising security fears at the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday, but failing to raise the overall threat level in either country.

The Eiffel Tower was briefly evacuated Tuesday evening after officials received a bomb threat called in from a telephone booth. It was the second such alert at the monument in two weeks.

British officials have been aware of a possible attack but the terrorist threat warning has not changed from "severe."