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More arrests made in hacking scandal

Update: January, 16/2014 - 09:15
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HCM CITY (VNS)— Police have arrested two men who hacked websites and stole foreigners' credit card information to buy luxury goods abroad and sell them later in Viet Nam.

The two men, Nguyen Quang Nhut, 35, of HCM City, and Nguyen Van Hoa, 23, of central Quang Tri Province, were part of a group operating through an internet forum that offers instructions on how to hack websites.

The forum is open to anyone free of charge, but once an individual pays a US$100 fee, they become registered members of the forum and receive passwords to access the instructions.

Last week, 10 other administrators and founders of the tutorial website were arrested by police in HCM City, Dong Nai Province, Da Nang and Ha Noi.

Since the forum was established in 2011, more than 5,000 people have become members.

Police said they had conducted surveillance over two years to uncover the group's fraudulent practices.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, Nhut used stolen credit card information to buy luxury goods from abroad. Then, he shipped the luxury goods to Viet Nam for later sale, or kept some of them for himself.

Police on Tuesday raided Nhut's house where they found 21 laptops, 19 smartphones, six iPads and a large number of loudspeakers, earphones, shoes, perfume bottles and luxury watches.

Police said that Hoa was operating two hacking tutorial sites and selling foreigners' credit card information stolen from websites.

Hoa had stolen VND300 million ($14,235) for personal purposes, according to police.

The investigation is going on. — VNS

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