Koreans hacking Globe int’l calls nabbed

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The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police has busted a Korean cybercrime syndicate that allegedly hacked Globe Telecom’s international gateway facilities (IGF), following a raid on its four hideouts in Metro Manila.

CIDG chief Police Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr. said his unit’s Anti-Transnational and Cyber Crime Division arrested eight Koreans and seven Filipinos on a complaint from the telecom giant. They were charged with violation of the Access Devices Law, he said.

Police Cyber Crime Division chief Gilbert Sosa said the group allegedly hacked lines for international calls of Globe Telecom and rerouted them to mostly South Korean users living in the Philippines, charging them less than half the normal international call rates of 11-15 cents per minute.

The raids follow the arrest last week of another South Korean who allegedly hacked into the international gateway of Globe’s chief rival, Smart Communications.

“The recent arrests of Korean and Filipino suspects demonstrate the need for a tougher law to deal with new challenges in the fight against cybercrime,” Pagdilao said in a statement, noting that cybercrime was “developing faster” than the laws intended to prevent it.

Pagdilao identified the Korean suspects as Kwang Ming Song, 27; Junggyn Yang, 30; Jung Dongchan alias Kevin Jeong, 24; Eun Young Bae, Kim Tae Hyung alias Martin Kim, Sehun Park, Choi Jong-Seok alias Edward Choi, and Jinwan Kim alias Liam Jin.

The other suspects were identified as Marcela de la Paz, Chachin La Evidia Bornales, Christine Joy Gicale Carondoy alias Joya, 18; Joan Gicale Turno alias Queennie, 19; Jazzy Romero de la Cruz, 20; Jessa Grande Llaguno, 18; and Michelle Cambe Nacional, 26.

The CIDG raided the syndicate’s alleged hideouts at Tower A, Renaissance 3000 Building on Meralco Avenue, Ortigas, in Pasig City; Pearl of the Orient Tower on Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila; North Tower, Lee Garden condominium on Laurel Street, Mandaluyong City; and Royal Plaza Twin Towers, Malate, Manila.

Sosa said the CIDG investigated the case after Globe Telecom complained that the suspects had been hacking its IGF and rerouted international calls as local calls.

Sosa said such operations were illegal since they deprive the government of  revenues. “To the prejudice of Globe Telecom, unbilled international calls were being charged and rerouted as mere local calls,” he said.

The suspects used GSM (Global System of Mobile Communication) gateway hardware and application in their illegal activities, Sosa said. The hardware is an apparatus connected to the computers which have a software capable of rerouting international calls, he added.

Sosa said his team confiscated from the suspects several computers, network hubs, GSM modems, and two vehicles—a black Hyundai Tucson and a silver Toyota Camry—which yielded bundles of unused SIM (subscriber identity module) cards for Globe and Touch Mobile.

Last week, CIDG antifraud operatives also arrested Korean citizen Hak Mo Kim in Mandaluyong for allegedly hacking the IGF franchise of Smart Communications. With a report from AP

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYOIJWB3T5AQZVG4JRRQHCU2BI John

    This is not HACKING my dear GLOBE and SMART this is a part of new technology that we can use VOIP or voice over the internet technology, How much really the govt lost????? you are always using the govt as the reason you are not paying the govt the right amount so dont use the reason of govt loose money.

    Both of you Globe and Smart are the thieves that keep draining peoples money even without using the services in your system.

    Good work intelligent people keep up the good work of advancing the technology to make calls free and affordable.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OPL75LN6YC45GGBLF2PHAFO32E Lost

    As John said what you have described is not hacking. For this system to work its simply a bypass of international calls through a VOIP service, this should not be illegal, as this can be done by anyone with a 3g connection and credit on any of the hundreds of VOIP apps out there or on any computer for that matter.

    If you look at this kind of so-called “fraud” (not hacking) all it does is change an international call through VOIP into a local cell number via a GSM simcard and thus makes it a lower charge.

    Example: Call from US via VOIP > SIM server in Philippines > SIM card calls another
    Cellphone thus its a local call and globe don’t get the fees for any connection (since its their own network).

    Whereas globe would prefer it to be: Call placed from USA > Philippines, globe pick up the connection charge from the US service provider.

    Its illegal yes, why? because telecoms lobby to get these kind of laws passed to protect themselves, just as cigarette companies do to ensure their health damaging products are kept on the shelves, no matter how many reports come out against it . No one hacked into a server or facilities as claimed, they did break the law however.

    If Globe lowered the international call prices instead, they’d more than make up for the loss in connection charges because they’d be getting migrating users from these services to theirs, paying the connection fees as well as the price per minute.

    The government fees in the article would have simply been the tax from those
    overpriced calls, which probably wouldn’t have been placed in the first
    place had the price not been so cheap, the ones who would have earned the majority of the profits of the call would have been Globe. Face it, landline/cellphone international
    calls are loosing money regardless due to the internet and VOIP, you’re just
    trying to make sure use your power and status as big telecom providers
    to try to prevent those revenues from disappearing by implementing laws, using the governments “lost” fees as a scapegoat.

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