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Singaporean man stole Riot Games co-founder’s credit card data

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SINGAPORE — A Singaporean has impersonated the co-founder of a major US-based game developer after discovering his credit card details.

Ho Jun Jia, 32, then created an email apparently using Marc Merrill’s credit card details and paid for cloud computing services to mine the cryptocurrency. Merrill is the co-founder of Riot Games, the game developer and publisher behind the best-selling League of Legends.

Ho pleaded guilty to 12 counts, mostly under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act.

Then unemployed, Ho had registered an account with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to purchase cloud computing services in 2016. He used those services to mine cryptocurrency. After several months, Ho was unable to pay for the services and his account was terminated. He was prohibited from using his own details to open another account.

In 2017, Ho helped make U.S. driver’s licenses for others using Photoshop. He offered his services on a dark web forum. In return, the forum owner granted him access to the “Personal/VIP” section, which contained details of individuals’ names, addresses and credit card details.

It was there that he came across Merrill’s credit card details. Around October 19, 2017, Ho obtained the private contact details of 70 people, including Merrill. He was aware of Merrill’s association with Riot Games.

Ho used Merrill’s contact information to create an AWS account after researching his family background. He also used the American Express (Amex) username and password recovery process to obtain Merrill’s password for his Amex account. He logged in and browsed the account. He also changed the email address associated with the Amex account.

After taking control of the Amex account, Ho tricked AWS between November 4, 2017 and January 28, 2018 into thinking he was Merrill and tricked AWS into providing cloud computing and related services worth $100,000. approximately $5,213,821.99 ($7,111,574.99).

On November 5, 2017, AWS sent an email to Ho requesting a copy of the current invoice or national ID for verification. Ho then downloaded a copy of Merrill’s bill from the Amex account and used Photoshop to forge a US driver’s license with a photo of Merrill he found online.

On November 30, 2017, AWS sent an email advising that they had suspended the account due to an issue confirming payment information. Ho again downloaded Merrill’s documents to do so.

Ho purchased services worth approximately US$135,861.12 with Merrill’s credit card in November 2017.

Between November 21, 2017 and March 1, 2018, Ho acquired units of the Ether cryptocurrency, obtained by cheating on AWS. Ho sold some of the Ether units for $347,794.83 and spent the money from the sale and the remaining Ether units on personal expenses.

In 2019, Ho was indicted in the United States for federal crimes related to a scheme to mine cryptocurrencies using stolen computing power and services.

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