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7 February 2016 04:22 (GMT +8)
Two programmers hack casino VIP room’s IT system Print E-mail
20130521a.jpgThe Judiciary Police (PJ) apprehended two 20-year-old computer programmers from Guangdong, surnamed Kuang and Liang, on Friday as officers believe that they are part of a gang that hacked into the computer system of a local casino VIP room’s account and withdrew HK$3 million from one of its customer’s accounts.
A PJ spokesperson said Monday in a regular press conference that police received a call on January 24 from employees of a VIP room of a casino in Avenida da Amizade, stating that their computer system had been hacked into and that the HK$3 million a customer had deposited had been withdrawn from the VIP room’s account.
The spokesperson said that customers must provide personal information such as their contact number to the VIP room when they deposit money into its account. If the customer entrusts another person to withdraw the money, then employees would call the customer using the contact number they have in their computer system to confirm that the person is entitled to make the withdrawal.
The spokesperson was quoted by The Macau Post Daily as saying that PJ officers determined that the casino VIP room’s computer system was hacked into and the victim’s contact number had been altered.

The investigation also showed that one of the suspects caught on Friday and an accomplice still on the run, both of them believed to be members of a criminal organisation, showed up at the VIP room in January, claiming that they had the authorisation of the victim to withdraw the money.
Since the telephone number had been changed, unsuspecting employees unwittingly contacted an accomplice of the duo who gave the go ahead for the withdrawal of the HK$3 million from the victim’s account.
The spokesperson said that officers identified Kuang and Liang as two of the suspects involved in the cyber crime.

 They were caught on Friday when entering Macau through the Barrier Gate checkpoint, adding that they would be sent to the Public Prosecution Office (MP) to face a raft of possible charges including membership of a criminal organisation, theft, and illegally accessing a computer system and altering data.
The spokesperson also said police are looking for more suspects in the case.(macaunews)

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