[ISN] China nabs first suspected cyber-bank robbers

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Date: Thu Oct 22 1998 - 13:47:00 PDT

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    China nabs first suspected cyber-bank robbers
    22-10-1998 10:42 
        BEIJING, Oct 22 (Reuters) - China arrested its first suspected
    cyber-bank robbers last week after two brothers allegedly hacked into a
    bank network system and stole 260,000 yuan ($31,000) in the eastern
    province of Jiangsu, the Beijing Youth Daily said. 
         The elder brother, Hao Jinglong, was an accountant at the Zhenjiang
    Industrial and Commercial Bank, where he had mastered the entire computer
         The two brothers allegedly broke into the ceiling of a rural branch
    of the bank in September and planted a remote control in the computer
    terminal which created false accounts, the newspaper said. 
         On September 22 they allegedly electronically wired 720,000 yuan
    ($86,000) into false bank accounts using the remote control and then
    withdrew 260,000 yuan from different branches of the bank, it said. 
         The suspects were arrested on October 13 after police traced the
    number of pager account that was closed on the night of the robbery, the
    newspaper said. 
         China's networks have been attacked by more than 200 cyber-criminals
    in the last two years with the explosion of the Internet. 
         China's wired population is expected to jump to five million by 2000
    from 620,000 at the end of last year. 
         China, alarmed by growing on-line crime, last week vowed to beef up
    Internet security. State media said an estimated 500 billion yuan worth of
    assets were exposed on the Internet. 
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