A court in Ho Chi Minh City handed down a six-year-jail term to a former employer of an information technology company Friday for hacking a bank's data system and stealing nearly VND330 million (US$15,842).
According to trial records, in June, 2008, Nguyen Chi Toan, 27, a former employee of Trans Infotech Vietnam Company, was assigned to conduct maintenance and repair problems at the Mekong Housing Bank (MHB) card center.
During his repair work, Toan found passwords to access the bank's data system and modify information there.
In January this year he used the fake ID card of a person named Nguyen Nan to open an automated teller machine account at MHB. He then accessed the bank's data again, creating an account named Le Ngoc Truc and added VND700 million ($33,605) to it.
Toan changed Nan's account number to the same number as Truc, and withdrew nearly VND330 million from Truc's account via Nan's card, according to court documents.
After that, he used the same trick with another account named Le Van Lam, which he used to hold up to VND1.5 billion ($72,000) there.
However, before he could withdraw any money, Toan lost his ATM card and contacted MHB to lock it. It was then that the bank detected problems with Nan's account and asked for help from police.