Hanoi spyware gang steals money from 100,000 cellphone users

By Ha An, Thanh Nien News

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Hanoi spyware gang steals money from 100,000 cellphone users

Hanoi police said Tuesday they had arrested four suspects accused of using spyware to steal money from 100,000 Vietnamese mobile phone users.

Three employees of Hanoi-based Soloha construction company and a website owner allegedly lured mobile phone users to download malicious apps from their websites.

The apps made automatic VND15,000 deposits to the gang’s account.  

The suspects, aged 23-29, have stolen more than VND2.1 billion (nearly US$100,000) from over 100,000 mobile phone users since late 2013.

In an unrelated case, Hanoi police discovered that the 3G Vietnam Telecommunication Company had used Asterick, a malware program, to automatically make 100,000 missed calls a day to mobile phone users nationwide. When the users called back, their phone calls were diverted to a system of spam lines that charged users VND5,000 per minute.

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