JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Three arrested for selling wiretapping apps in Vietnam

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:03 GMT+7
Three arrested for selling wiretapping apps in Vietnam
A person is seen holding an iPhone 5S in this photo illustration.

Police from the Ministry of Public Security have apprehended three suspects in a ring that provided apps for wiretapping and stealing cellphone data for their customers across Vietnam, according to a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper source.

Le Kim Dinh, 33, Le Duc Anh, 24, and Nguyen Van Cao, 28, were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly gaining illegal access to digital devices in order to appropriate assets.

Police are also interrogating other suspects possibly involved in the activities of the ring, which began to operate in 2012, the source said.

Dinh, Anh and Cao have been found buying apps for wiretapping and then selling them to people who want to tap other people’s cellphones and steal their data, it said.

The ring set up multiple websites to advertise their apps and seek customers.

Ring members contacted potential clients and gave them instructions on how to install apps on other people’s phones.

For using their services, each user had to pay the ring VND1.5 million (US$66.7) per month.

Once installed on a mobile phone, the wiretapping app would steal data by recording calls and collecting text messages and images.

It would then transfer all the stolen data to a server placed in a foreign country, the source said.

App buyers would be provided with an account and a secret code to access the website of the ring to read and download the stolen data.

Thousands of people across the country have bought and used the apps, according to initial investigation results.

Buyers made payment for the apps by transferring money to an account designated by the ring.

Police are continuing their investigation into the case.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi Tre News

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news