Singaporean Misled Amazon And Google Into Providing Cloud Computing Facilities For Bitcoin Mining

Singaporean deceived Amazon, Google for cloud services to mine cryptocurrency

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An American man, 32, who is currently facing criminal charges in the United States, admitted in a Singapore court on Monday (March 7) to impersonating two men to defraud Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google for cloud computing services that he used to mine cryptocurrency. The man faces criminal charges in the United States.

An American court in October 2019 indicted a Singaporean man named Ho Jun Jia, better known by his stage name Matthew Ho, with identity theft and wire fraud. In the time leading up to his crimes, he was jobless.

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The co-founder of the video game firm Riot Games, Marc Merrill, was his victim.
Ho utilized the information gained from a Dark Web forum to defraud Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google into supplying cloud computing services valued at about US$5.2 million (S$7.1 million) and US$250,000 in total.

Between November 21, 2017, and March 1, 2018, he utilized this computer power to mine about 1,468 units of the cryptocurrency Ether, a kind of bitcoin.
With the sale of around 203 units of unlawfully obtained Ether, he earned more than S$347,000, which he used to pay for personal costs.

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Mr. Ho entered a plea of guilty on Monday to 11 offenses, including violations of the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act as well as defrauding by lying.

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