[ISN] China arrests 51 in railway computer break-in

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Date: Sat Jan 30 1999 - 12:32:22 PST

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    From: "Betty G.O'Hearn" <bettyat_private>
    China arrests 51 in railway computer break-in 
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) - Fifty-one people have been arrested on charges of
    hacking into a Chinese railway's computer system, a newspaper said Friday. 
    Reports of such high-tech crimes are spreading as computer and Internet
    use expand in China. 
    The scheme involved buying cheap tickets and reselling them after breaking
    into the reservation computer to upgrade them to more expensive express
    trains, the Shanghai Express said. 
    Suspects include employees of high-tech companies in Guangdong province
    near Hong Kong, the newspaper said. It didn't name any of them. 
    The scheme began in June and affected more than 8,000 tickets worth
    $54,000 before it was uncovered in December, the newspaper said. 
    In another high-tech crime, two brothers were sentenced to death in
    December on charges of robbing a bank in the central city of Zhenjiang by
    having its computer transfer $31,000 to their accounts. 
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