PANDA VIRUS PROGRAMMERS UP ON INTERNET GAMBLING CHARGES
20th December, 2013 at 00:54:58
It's taken awhile, but two Chinese hackers are now facing additional charges of running online gambling.
Two Chinese hackers, previously imprisoned for creating the notorious Panda computer virus, appeared in a Chinese court again this week, charged with running online gambling games.
The publication China.org reports that a court in Lishui City, east China's Zhejiang Province, heard a police case against 26 people including Zhang Shun and Li Jun, creators of the "joss-stick burning panda" virus that damaged millions of computers across the globe in 2006 and 2007 (see previous reports).
Prosecutors said the defendants, all from an online game company, operated several card games that allowed players to gamble online using virtual chips.
More than 2,200 people signed up and a total of 76 million yuan (US$12.4 million) was staked. The company raked in 8 million yuan by selling the chips.
In 2010 Li made a cash donation to a research base for giant pandas as an act of remorse for making the virus, which he named after the endangered bears.
The virus changed icons on desktops into cartoon pandas holding three burning joss-sticks and wreaked havoc by deleting files, damaging programs and stealing gaming and messanger accounts.
The outcome of the court hearing on the online gambling charges is not yet available.
UK'S LABOUR PARTY WANTS TO RESTRICT F.O.B.T.s
Opposition Leader Miliband intends to give the power over betting shops and Fixed Odds Betting Terminals to local councils
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has again nailed his colours to the mast on the question of retail betting shop approvals and the restriction of Fixed Odds Betting Terminal numbers.
UK media reports have carried Miliband's view that local councils should be given powers to rid their communities of FOBTs and decide whether new betting shops in their areas were desirable.
The Labour Party said it would amend planning and gambling laws to enable councils in England, Scotland and Wales to curb the spread of betting shops and to review the number of high-speed, high-stakes FOBTs allowed on their premises - including banning them altogether.
The party also wants to legislate to increase the time between plays on FOBTs, introduce pop-ups warning players how long they have been playing and how much they have lost, and imposing regular breaks in play.
Miliband said recently that the current limit of four FOBTs in any one betting shop, had simply led to "clusters" of shops opening together, often operating from 7.30am to 10pm, with councils powerless to act.
"In towns and cities across Britain today, you can see how the old bookies are being turned into mini casinos," he said.
"In the poorest areas, these are spreading like an epidemic along high streets with the pawn shops and pay day lenders that are becoming symbols of Britain's cost of living crisis.
"This has huge consequences for our communities, causing debt and misery for families, and often acting as a magnet for crime and anti-social behaviour. But currently, there is almost nothing that can be done to stop the spread of FOBTs.
"The time has come to give local communities the right to pull the plug on these machines - the right to decide if they want their high streets to be the place for high stakes, high speed, high cost gambling."
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