Young hackers accused of stealing, selling food discount codes

Young hackers accused of stealing, selling food discount codes

Technology Crime Suppression Division police outline the case in which two young men are charged with hacking a computer system and stealing food discount codes, which they sold at a discount, at the division in Bangkok on Thursday. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)
Technology Crime Suppression Division police outline the case in which two young men are charged with hacking a computer system and stealing food discount codes, which they sold at a discount, at the division in Bangkok on Thursday. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)

Two student hackers allegedly stole online discount codes for restaurant food and sold them to friends - costing the restaurants an estimated million baht in unauthorised discounts on deliveries.

University students Jirapat Yuenying, 20, and Supawat Weeraburut, 21, were arrested at their house in Muang district of Khon Kaen on Monday, Pol Col Siriwat Deepor, deputy commander of the Technology Crime Suppression Division, said on Thursday.  Police seized their computers and mobile phones.

He said a representative of a food delivery company complained to police that the suspects had hacked into the firm's computer system, and in 30 minutes had stolen codes for discounts on food from about 10 suppliers.

According to Pol Col Siriwat the two young men confessed they had learned hacking from dark websites, and used their knowledge to steal about 1,000 discount codes.

They then sold the codes, each for a discount of 100 baht, for 30-50 baht each to members of a private online group.

The affected delivery company was not identified, but estimated the damage at about one million baht, police said.

The two suspects were charged with computer hacking and theft. The counts carry prison terms of up to five years.


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