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Police arrest 3 for massive data theft

Police arrest 3 for massive data theft

Authorities have caught three people who hacked into the accounts of more than 15 million people and sold their personal information to illegal businesses.

Acting Deputy National Police Chief Pol Lt Gen Thana Chuwong told the press on Tuesday that the investigation had grown after an engineer was arrested in Phuket on suspicion of selling the personal information of at least two million people to illegal businesses.

The engineer told the cops that he bought the information from a third party who said they had 15 million people’s personal information. People thought the agent had ties to the people who stole the data.

The investigation took police to the three people who were arrested, but their last names were not given. Pasin, an insurance broker who is 41 years old, is thought to have stolen the information of millions of customers. Nattapong, a coder who is 28 years old, made the API Bypass Face Scan. And Yodchai, a 24-year-old who ran a Facebook page that sold personal information from online gambling sites’ databases.

Mr. Nattapong told police that the hacking was possible because of software that lets people do financial transactions through a browser instead of a mobile banking app if the hacker has access to the person’s bank account information. The hacker would be able to handle the browser system and send large amounts of money to accounts this way.

Face scanning was needed to send more than 50,000 baht at once, but another program was made to get around that. They are working with the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau to figure out how the theft happened. The three guys were charged with breaking laws that protect computers and personal information

photo Bangkok post

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