HCM CITY (VNS) — Nine young men with expertise in information technology from HCM City, Dong Nai, Da Nang, and Ha Noi were arrested on Thursday for inappropriate use of the internet, Tuoi Tre (Youth) reported.
The men were reported to have established and operated two websites, which between them, hosted millions of articles instructing people how to hack websites, as well as detailing methods of how to steal credit card information for purchasing online.
The first of the two websites, vietexpert.info, was administrated by 24-year-old Huynh Phuoc Man, from HCM City, and the second, hkvfamily.info, was run by 31-year-old Pham Thai Thanh, from Ha Noi. Between them, they have around 5,000 members, who register with the sites to learn and exchange hacking scams.
According to the police, the website which was established in 2011, operated secretly. Only trusted members were allowed to introduce new members to the website. Every registered member is granted a secret code, and membership costs US$100.
With stolen bank account details, they would then buy high-value items online. Police discovered that in just a short amount of time Do Ha Duy Thanh, one of the nine arrested people, made transactions totalling VND10 billion (around $474,000).
Inspecting his house, police seized several branded bags, computers, tablets, and other valuables.
At the house of Nguyen Ngoc Hao, another member of the ring, police seized valuable electronic equipment and a VND2 billion BMW motorbike.
According to police, during the course of the surveillance, Hao made transactions of over VND20 billion (almost $1 million).— VNS