9 arrested for cyber crimes in Angeles City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) — Authorities arrested nine people in separate operations in Angeles City on Monday for cyber crimes related to phishing and hacking.

According to police, the five Koreans and four Filipinos who were apprehended victimized US citizens and Korean nationals.

The warrants of arrest were for violation of the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998 issued by Judge Benigno Abila of Regional Trial Court Branch 117, Third Judicial Region, Angeles City.

Lee Sungbo, a Korean national also known as Seven, was arrested in Barangay Amsic.

Koreans Yoensu Yoon, Junguk Lee, and Filipinos Alyssa Payabyab Lee, Maiko De Luna Natividad, John Patrick Sotto Gonzales and Bong Baja Garcia were arrested in another operation in Barangay Malabanias.

A third operation resulted in the arrest of Koreans Lee Jaehun and Song Gil Sung also in Barangay Amsic.

Seized during the operations were various SIM cards, computers and laptops, mobile phones, flash drives, bank cards and other items. Service firearms from their security personnel were also seized.

"The arrested persons are engaged in fraudulent activities through hacking and phishing, victimizing mostly Korean nationals and US citizens who are widely known as online banking/transaction users. These schemes which constitute economic sabotage are one of the national security concerns of the PNP CIDG. These suspects have allegedly amassed multi million pesos from illicit activities exploiting technology advances," said Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Debold Sinas.

Those arrested have been brought to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Angeles central field office for documentation and custody before charges are filed in court.