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US Charges Singapore Coin Miner With Conning Cloud Firms Out Of Compute Time

19:09 Wednesday , October 09th 2019
A man from Singapore has been indicted in the US for impersonating a game developer in order to steal time on cloud compute systems and mine cryptocurrency.
Ho Jun Jia, AKA Matthew Ho, was indicted for eight counts of wire fraud, four counts of access device fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. He could face charges in the Seattle US Western District court if extradited. The indictment (PDF) claims that from October 2017 to February 2018 Ho used a combination of stolen identities and social engineering to get massive amounts of virtual compute power through AWS. He's accused of then using that power to crunch numbers to mine himself a number of different currencies, including Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum.
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