Forbes: fraudster mined cryptocurrency for money of the creator of League of Legends
Co-founder of Riot Games and one of the creators of League of Legends, Mark Merrill was the victim of a scam. With the money of a game designer, an attacker was engaged in cryptocurrency mining. This was reported by Forbes with reference to the documents of the litigation.
Suspect Matthew Ho used Merrill’s credit card and personal data to purchase cloud computing power from several companies, including Amazon. Using these services, the fraudster mined to cryptocurrency and sold it on special sites.
The investigation revealed that Ho was cheating on Amazon employees using Merrill’s real data – including his email address and address. He also faked a game designer’s driver’s license, which he provided as an identity document. Similarly, the fraudster bought Google services in the amount of $ 240 thousand, but almost all payments were declined by the intermediary bank.
According to the US Department of Justice, in total, the fraudster used the services for $ 5 million – whether he paid for them in full is not known. With the funds of the creator of League of Legends, he covered at least one account for $ 135 thousand in December 2017. Open trial documents include two more victims without a name.
On September 26, Ho was arrested in Singapore. Its location was calculated using IP addresses and other information provided by Amazon, Google and Facebook. The trial in this case began in October, but has not yet ended – for this reason Riot Games refused to comment on the situation.