Man jailed for hacking Red Cross website to steal donations

2008-07-11 08:05:35 GMT       2008-07-11 16:05:35 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

NANJING, July 11 (Xinhua) -- A man was sentenced to two years in jail and fined 5,000 yuan (731 U.S. dollars)in eastern Jiangsu Province for hacking into a website and changing the bank account of a local Red Cross foundation for earthquake donation to his own account, according to a court ruling on Friday.

Yang Litao, a staff member of a network technology company in south China's Shenzhen City, was accused of hacking into the Kunshan Municipal Red Cross Foundation website in May and changingthe donation bank account number to his own in order to syphon off money, a Kunshan Municipal People's court ruling said. He had opened a bank account using a false name for the purpose.

The police shut down the website, one of several he had hacked into, on May 18 after discovering it had been hacked. Yang did not make any money, thanks to the quick response from the police.

Yang was caught three days later in a rented house in Shenzhen.

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