Beijing Mobile hit by PAYG hacker

There were some intriguing reports over the weekend from China about a lawsuit filed against one Cheng Zhihan, an engineer from UTStarcom.

According to the lawsuit, Cheng has been charged with hacking into Beijing Mobile's computer systems and somehow creating a loss of 3.7 million RMBs (about £265,000) for the cellco.

Media reports suggest that Cheng allegedly hacked into Beijing Mobile's systems several times over, with his first incursion starting in March of last year.

The engineer is said to have altered data relating to top-up cards for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) mobiles and selling on the `cards' for a profit.

Cheng is reported to have gotten away with his dosh until Beijing Mobile spotted the fraud and pulled the plug on the accounts in question.

That's a hell of a lot of dosh to be involved with top-up cards, in case you hadn't noticed. All I can say is that I'm amazed that Beijing Mobile's audit systems didn't spot the fraud going on...