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Online game virus scammers jailed

A COURT in eastern China yesterday sentenced 11 people to jail terms of up to three years for their roles in writing and distributing computer viruses to steal usernames and passwords for online games.

Lu Yizhong and Zeng Yifu wrote Trojan horse viruses that were used to steal 5.3 million usernames and passwords for online games, found the Gulou District People's Court in Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province.

Yan Renhai, his girlfriend Chen Huiting and dozens of other agents sold or used the viruses to steal online game coins and virtual equipment for illegal gains, the court said.

Lu and Zeng made 646,000 yuan (US$94,600), and Yan and Chen made 310,000 yuan.

Lu was sentenced to three years in jail and Zeng, two and a half years. Yan got two years and eight months, and Chen, two years.


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