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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-27

French police have arrested nine people in a crackdown on a mobile phone hacking network after a year-long investigation. The alleged fraud, worth millions of euros, has reportedly affected leading mobile operators SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Orange.

AFP - French police have busted a network of mobile phone hackers, a fraud worth millions of euros, and arrested nine people, including employees of cellular phone companies, investigators said Sunday.
Three people were still in custody Sunday following the arrests across the country that came after a year-long investigation into the network, which had been operating for a decade and is the first of its kind in France, according to officials in an investigative unit of the Marseille gendarmerie.
Investigators explained that fraudsters purchased codes to unlock SIM cards for three euros (four dollars) each from high-ranking phone company employees, who had access to company databases.
The network subsequently sold the codes on the Internet for 30 euros. The money earned from these sales were put into tax-free overseas bank accounts.
One of the employees was allegedly earning up to 25,000 euros a month from the fraud.
With the codes, individuals could access any SIM card, even foreign cards, with their mobile phones.
"From there ensued a cascade of fraud. The pirates work for the (phone company) operators, they do whatever they want," an investigator said, adding that the "impressive" network was "very well set-up."
The investigation began at the end of 2009 after a complaint at French phone company SFR in the southern city of Marseille about discrepancies in its security system. Two other companies, Bouygues Telecom and Orange were also affected by the fraud.
The prosecutor in Marseille is expected to hold a press conference Monday on the investigation.


Date created : 2010-09-27


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