Ho Jun Jia, a Singaporean citizen, has recently been indicted by American prosecutors. He is being accused of using stolen IDs to use Amazon Web Services’ cloud products to mine cryptos illegally. He is currently being charged with eight counts of wire fraud, four for fraud to access a device and two of aggravated ID theft.
Unfortunately, impersonation crimes are getting more common now that people are using their identities online more often. This was one of these cases. In order to pull off his crime, Ho Jun Jia impersonated a game developer called Matthew Ho and stole his identity.
After that, he used social engineering to take his account, get admin privileges over it and then mine the tokens illegally using the cloud services.
According to the prosecutors, the Singaporean criminal mined Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC) and Ethereum (ETH). The indictment affirms that the man stole around $5 million USD worth of mining power. At some point, he even became the largest customer of Amazon’s service.
The scheme was only active for a few months, but Ho consumed a lot of unpaid cloud computing services. Some of his bills were even paid by the victim before the scam was discovered. The criminal also stole two more identities, one from a Texas citizen and another from an Indian businessman. He also used them to steal computing energy from AWS and Google Cloud.
He was arrested a few weeks ago and will be prosecuted now. If he is deemed guilty, there is a chance that he may be extradited back to Singapore.