Miner who stole $5 million in computing power arrested
The founder of Riot Games, mark Merrill, was the victim of a hacker who used the cloud computing capabilities of Amazon Web Services and Google to mine cryptocurrency at the company's expense.
The case of stolen identity
Forbes writes that in a recently opened lawsuit, mark Merrill, co-founder of Riot Games best known as the developer of the hugely successful League of Legends, appears as the victim of an identity theft scheme by Singaporean citizen Matthew Ho.
Ho allegedly used American Express credit card details belonging to Merrill to buy cloud computing services from Amazon, Google and other companies.
In October, Ho was indicted by U.S. prosecutors, who said the total value of the stolen computing services was more than $ 5 million. Prosecutors also allege that at one point Ho even became Amazon's largest consumer, adding:
For months, his scheme remained active, Ho spent more than $ 5 million on cloud computing services during his mining and for a short period was one of Amazon Web Services ' largest consumers in terms of data usage.
Some of the bills were paid by the financial staff of the California-based game developer before the fraud was discovered.
Researchers say Ho was able to use social engineering to gain access to administrative privileges and large amounts of cloud computing on Amazon and Google servers to mine various cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH).
Ho managed to trick Amazon into believing he was the President of Riot Games. Ho even created a fake California driver's license with the name of the Riot Games co-Chairman.
Although the justice Department charged Ho in early October, the stolen identity has only now been revealed to the General public. Ho is currently charged with eight counts of identity fraud, four counts of access code fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft.