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Suspected hackers quizzed over 3m yuan online scams

FOUR people suspected of stealing 3 million yuan (US$481,000) by hacking into three online businesses have been detained, police said yesterday.

In December, a tech company contacted police in Xuhui District claiming that an online payment system it operated for a lottery firm had been hacked, leading to the loss of 1.4 million yuan.

The gang is also accused of opening an unspecified number of user accounts with nominal sums before manipulating the balances and withdrawing the hugely inflated sums.

The second attack was on a movie ticket sales website. The gang is alleged to have hacked its system to buy tens of thousands of tickets at just 0.01 yuan apiece. It then resold them online, netting about 1.6 million yuan, police said.

The third victim was a gaming website, from which the gang allegedly stole virtual currency with a “real” value of about 10,000 yuan.


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