[ISN] Philippines cracks hacker ring

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Date: Tue Sep 10 2002 - 00:21:17 PDT

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    Reuters News Agency
    September 9, 2002
    Manila - Philippines police said on Monday they had cracked a
    100-million peso ($3-million Cdn.) computer hacking ring that had
    gained access to telephone company lines and sold off cheap phone
    President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, to show she is tough on crime,
    paraded three arrested men, including two Jordanian brothers, before
    the media at the national police headquarters in Manila.
    The arrests were made under the Philippines' E-Commerce Law, which was
    enacted after a Filipino allegedly released the so-called "Love Bug"  
    computer virus in 2000.
    That virus caused damage estimated at $10-billion (U.S.) as it shut
    down computer systems throughout the world, including at the Pentagon
    and the British Parliament, but the Philippines had no computer crime
    law under which it could make an arrest.
    The hacking ring was cracked after the country's main phone company,
    Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., asked for help to stop the
    scam, police said.
    The hackers tapped into computers controlling long-distance phone
    calls, then sold calls to their clients at prices around half the
    normal rate.
    Immigration officials said two of those arrested were Jordanians and
    the third was a Filipino.
    If convicted, those arrested face up to six years in jail and a fine
    of up to 100,000 pesos ($3,000 Cdn.) each.
    Ms. Arroyo has been leading a high-profile anticrime campaign that has
    seen her regularly appear in newspaper photographs with arrested
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