|Ha Nang Hung has been charged for stealing and selling personal information from more than 40,000 credit cards stolen from the Internet. –VOV photo
BAC GIANG (VNS) — The northern mountainous Bac Giang Province police have investigated and charged Ha Nang Hung for stealing and selling personal information from more than 40,000 credit cards stolen from the Internet.
Hung, 25, was a college student in the capital city of Ha Noi, before he left his studies to participate in a cyber crime that brought him large profits.
He illegally traded personal information that he stole from the forums he joined online, and while chatting with people on social networks.
Hung sold the stolen data for about VND600 million (roughly US$28,000) from 2011 to 2013.
The young criminal set up four Internet accounts with different user names, including "Sumuel_df" and "Joker". These four accounts were used for chatting on four different illegal forums that helped the users to steal personal information through credit cards.
After successfully hacking and stealing credit cards accounts, he tried to contact other illegal hackers to buy data from them for about US$0.8 each. He then sold the data for $1 each. His customers included foreign criminals.
After he quit college in 2011, Hung got married. He and his wife opened a model fashion shop to hide their illegal activities from the police.
Hung stopped his criminal activities in early 2014, but was still discovered by the provincial police.
His family returned only about VND150 million ($7,000) from the total profits of VND600 million. The money would be used to compensate the victims, the police said. — VNS