Reuters: Court upholds hacker's death sentence

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Mon, 6 Dec 1999 08:26:20 -0500

Court upholds hacker's death sentence

Chinese court rejects appeal -- upholds death sentence for hacker nabbed in
cyber bank robbery.

By Reuters
December 3, 1999 10:50 PM PT

A Chinese court has upheld the death sentence for a man who hacked into the
computer system of a state bank to steal money, the Financial News reported
on Saturday.

The Yangzhou Intermediate People's Court in eastern Jiangsu province
rejected the appeal of Hao Jingwen, upholding a death sentence imposed last
year, the newspaper said.

Hao Jingwen and his brother Hao Jinglong hacked into the computer network of
the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and shifted 720,000 yuan
($87,000) into accounts they had opened under false names, it said.

They withdrew 260,000 yuan from the bank accounts in September last year,
the newspaper said.

Hao Jinglong, who was also originally sentenced to death, received a
suspended death sentence in return for his testimony, it said.