Chinese Gang Jailed After Online Gambling Scam Uncovered

So far, 11 members of a Chinese gang responsible for stealing around $140,000 of online funds from gamblers, have been arrested and sentenced to prison terms.There are around 217 million online gamers in China, and the trojan virus used by the gang was able to steal over 5 million of their user names and passwords and thus gain access to those player’s online credit.
The men responsible for writing the virus, Lu Yizhong and Zeng Yifu, were handed down three, and two-and-a-half year sentences respectively, while Yan Renhai and his girlfriend, Chen Huiting, were accussed of distributing and using the software for illegal gains, and received 2 years eight months, and 2 year sentences. 
Other members of the gang received jail sentences too, and the group must now pay a $122,000 fine, whilst the Chinese authorities continue to widen their cyber criminal net, and go after a further 69 people believed to be involved in the scam.
The arrests were made on the back of a recent Chinese government initiative to clamp down on cyber criminals, who are becoming increasingly bolder within the country, and involving themselves in a range of crimes including internet fraud, blackmail and money laundering.
The arrests will also go some way to showing the international community that the Chinese government is trying to bring the situation under control in a country which has the highest number of online users at over 338 million . A recent Report, compiled with assistance from the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the United Nations and the FBI, singled out China and Russia as guilty of corruption and not doing enough to prevent crime, and stated:
“The cyber-kingpins remain at large while minor mules are caught and brought to rights. Some governments are guilty of protecting their in-country offenders.”

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