Singaporean impersonated US game developer chairman to buy $7m of cloud services for crypto mining

SINGAPORE – A Singaporean fraudster was given the bank card and private particulars of about 70 people in change for forging United States driving licences for Dark Web customers.

The listing included Mr Marc Merrill, the co-chairman of Riot Games, the famed video game builders behind League of Legends and Valorant.

Using Mr Merrill’s particulars, Singaporean Ho Jun Jia, 32, opened a number of accounts on Amazon Web Services (AWS), charging thousands and thousands of {dollars} to Mr Merrill’s American Express (Amex) card for cloud computing services to mine for cryptocurrency, which he used for his personal bills.

Ho, who was unemployed on the time of his offences, pleaded responsible on Monday (March 7) to 12 expenses, together with impersonation.

He will return to courtroom in April.

Ho was half of a large-scale cryptocurrency mining ploy that was investigated by the Singapore Police Force and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).

The DOJ had described his actions as a “subtle fraud scheme”.

The courtroom heard that in 2016, Ho registered an account with AWS along with his personal particulars to buy cloud computing services to mine cryptocurrency, however was barred by AWS after just a few months as he was unable to pay for the services.

In 2017, he cast US driving licenses for others utilizing Photoshop and provided his services to a discussion board on the Dark Web that coined itself because the “#1 Fraud Community”, mentioned Deputy Public Prosecutor Ryan Lim.

In return, the discussion board’s proprietor gave Ho the names, addresses and bank card particulars of 70 people, together with Mr Merrill, whose identify caught his consideration due to his affiliation with Californian game developer Riot Games.

Mr Merrill is the co-founder, co-chairman and president of video games for Riot Games, in accordance to the studio’s web site.

Armed with private particulars comparable to Mr Merrill’s center identify and social safety quantity, Ho accessed Mr Merrill’s checking account by means of the Amex log-in restoration course of in October 2017.

Once in, he diverted Mr Merrill’s Amex e-mails to a brand new account with a username that was related to Mr Merrill’s present account.

On Nov 3, 2017, Ho registered a brand new consumer account with AWS utilizing Mr Merrill’s particulars. He used this to entry about US$5.2 million (S$7.1 million) price of cloud computing services from AWS on 40 events in three months.

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