Singaporean miner Matthew Ho has stolen identity of Riot Games Cofounder Marc Merrill to use Amazon Web Services’ and Google cloud computing power for crypto mining.
The con man used Merrill’s American Express credit card data for purchasing Amazon’s and Google cloud computing power. The total worth of the services bought by Ho amounted to over $5 million.
Moreover, for a brief period the scammer even was one of Amazon Web Services (AWS) largest consumers of data usage by volume. Ho succeeded in use social engineering to gain access to admin privileges and large amounts of cloud computing power on Amazon and Google servers to mine cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin.
The Department of Justice charged Ho in early October, while the identity of his victim was made public only now. The scammer is accused of four counts of access device fraud, eight counts of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft.