Hackers cash in on Chinese gaming craze

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BEIJING

THE craze in online games among Chinese netizens is fuelling an increasingly lucrative real-world market for computer hackers, security firms have said.

“There is a huge underground market and major revenue comes from selling game accounts or virtual items stolen from hijacked computers,” said Mr Zhang Yumu, vice-president of Beijing Rising International Software, one of China’s largest security firms.

A report by state broadcaster CCTV said Trojan-horse attacks, which allow hackers remote access to a targeted computer system, make up a market expected to be worth 10 billion yuan (S$2 billion) this year.

The report cited a hacker saying he could get hundreds of thousands of yuan every month by hacking into computers and stealing the users’ personal information and game accounts.

Read the rest (via AsiaOne News) here.

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