Singaporean miner stole multiple identities for mining cryptocurrencies

Posted 11 October, 2019

A Singapore man has been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice for stealing cloud computing power for cryptocurrency mining. Ho Jun Hia is accused of using stolen identity and credit card information to open accounts at multiple U.S. cloud service providers which he then used to mine Bitcoin and Ethereum.  

Ho Jun Jia used the stolen identity and credit card information of a video game developer based in California and a Texan resident to open cloud services accounts with Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Services. Ho also impersonated the founder of a tech firm based in India.

“In the few months his scheme remained active, Ho consumed more than $5 million in unpaid cloud computing services with his mining operation and, for a brief period, was one of Amazon Web Services (AWS) largest consumers of data usage by volume. Some of the bills were paid by the California game developer’s financial staff before the fraud was detected.” - stated US law enforcement.

Also, Ho was indicted Wednesday on 14 charges including wire fraud that is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, access device fraud with a 10-year maximum sentence, and aggravated identity theft with each charge punishable by a mandatory two years in prison.

The crypto scammer himself has not yet pleaded guilty and stated that he was the real owner of the accounts that he used for mining.

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