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Cambodian Royal Gendarmerie Arrest 36 in VoIP Scam
Two houses in Cambodia, one in Phnom Penh and the other in Preah Sihanouk province, were raided February 16 and 36 people were arrested by the Cambodian military police in cooperation with Thai authorities, under suspicion of running Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scams.
Of the 36 arrested suspects, 33 reportedly were caught in Phnom Penh, and three were in Preah Sihanouk. Only four of the suspects were Cambodian, with 26 Thai nationals and six Taiwanese rounding out the alleged offenders. The police said that there are two leaders still at large, but the search is ongoing. The couple is reportedly married.
There are no further details about the nature of the alleged scam.
Most similar arrests in Southeast Asia recently have involved Chinese nationals, including a massive raid in Phnom Penh in August 2017 that resulted in 225 arrests.
Very few details are ever released on the nature of the crimes, but it largely believed to be part of blackmail schemes or ransomware-type attacks performed over VoIP technology. These are primarily executed by putting a victim in a compromising situation and then threatening to release the details if payment isn’t made.
Of course, Wholesale VoIP providers need not really concern themselves with these, but the headlines paint the industry in a poor light. Therefore, it bears watching.
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Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.
Edited by Ken Briodagh