« News index »
ALLEGED ONLINE GAMBLING HACKER NAMED IN ASSASSINATION OF NORTH KOREAN LEADER'S BROTHER
23rd February, 2017 at 08:37:42
Malaysian police have arrested Ri Jong-chol (46).
Rogue state North Korea's alleged use of an army of thousands of IT hackers to plunder e-commerce and run illegal online gambling and other websites in order to earn foreign exchange was again under the microscope this week as Malaysian police investigating the murder of Kim Jong-nam, brother of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, arrested Ri Jong-chol (46), a local IT man believed to have a shady online gambling history.
The South Korean newspaper Joongang Daily claimed that Ri Jong-chol managed illegal online gambling platforms for the North Korean regime, and was also involved in pornographic websites at the direction of the North Korean Workers' Party.
One of his rewards was permission to leave North Korea and reside in Malaysia, the report alleged, where he was employed by a herbal company in an IT capacity prior to his arrest on allegations of involvement in the assassination.
Joongang Daily quotes figures from the Korea Institute of Liberal Democracy, which claims that the maverick regime in North Korea collects as much as US$860 million annually from illegal hacking and online businesses, with a large percentage coming from online gambling.
Related News Tags: Crime
MORE ONLINE GAMBLING RAIDS IN SARAWAK
27th March, 2017 at 08:02:48
39 arrested in series of police swoops.
INDONESIAN ONLINE GAMBLING BUST
21st March, 2017 at 14:44:19
Nets three suspects.
FLORIDA ABANDONS CHARGES AGAINST ALLEGED GAMBLING RING LEADER (Update)
21st March, 2017 at 11:24:11
2013 issue finalised at last.
BUSY WEEK FOR MALAYSIAN POLICE
17th March, 2017 at 06:19:15
703 arrested and 4,422 computer sets seized in a week of online gambling raids across the nation.
ONLINE GAMBLING RING SENTENCES HANDED DOWN IN VIETNAM
15th March, 2017 at 05:41:33
64 persons, including alleged Singapore national ring leader, punished after being arrested late 2015.