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[ISN] 10 arrested for hacking in fake-diploma scheme
By Chen Qian
TEN people accused of hacking into government databases to add false
information and create bogus diplomas were caught by police in Jiangxi
Province, Legal Daily reported yesterday.
Alleged leaders of the hacker group have been arrested, the report said.
One of them, surnamed Li, had made more than 2 million yuan (US$294,118)
in only four months.
The suspects sold fake certificates to make money. Since authentic
certificates can be checked on government Websites, they allegedly
attacked databases and put false information. The scheme was discovered
after someone purchased a fake doctor's certificate to apply for a
business license in Zhejiang Province in June.
Zhejiang authorities found the certificate was faked even though the
information on the Jiangxi Public Health Department's Website matched
The Jiangxi Public Health Department checked the database and found it
was attacked several months ago and that many statistics were distorted.
Police caught six suspects on June 24 and four more later. The gang
leader surnamed Li confessed he got the idea to make false certificates
in 2007, after he failed to earn his own certificate at university, the
Li said demand for fake certificates was very high and contacted his
friend surnamed Wang to attack the government databases and validate his
The investigation showed Wang attacked more than 10 government databases
in Jiangxi, Hubei, Guizhou, Sichuan, Jiangsu and Liaoning provinces
since March this year.
Wang sold the user rights of every database to Li for 5,000 yuan to
8,000 yuan. Li charged each client 1,000 yuan to 2,500 yuan, according
to the report.
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