SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) – He started by hacking stored amount cards for auberge air-conditioning at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Realising he could booty his exploits further, Tee Chin Yue, an NTU apprentice at the time, afraid four Kopitiam cards added than 130 times, and acclimated the ill-gotten acclaim to top up added than 180 Singtel pre-paid SIM cards in barter for cash.
In total, his unauthorised affairs acquired a accident of $80,800 to Kopitiam.
On Monday (March 9), Tee, 25, was bedevilled afterwards argumentation accusable to one allegation beneath the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act.
A agnate allegation was taken into consideration.
Tee, a Malaysian, had appear to Singapore to abstraction on an Asean scholarship.
He began his hacking bacchanalia in 2015, while advancing a computer engineering amount at NTU.
While blockage at the hostel, he researched how to drudge stored amount cards for chargeless air-conditioning.
Around August that year, he realised he could additionally adapt Kopitiam cards to get aliment and cigarettes for free.
He would change the aftermost four digits of the afraid cards to abstain detection.
He anon apparent he could use the afraid cards to top up Singtel pre-paid SIM cards.
Tee saw this as a business befalling and began alms discounted top-ups through online exchange Carousell.
As an example, he would allegation others $8 to top up $10 in their Singtel cards.
He accustomed about $34,000 from Carousell users this way.
Some time in 2016, he apparent his afraid cards no best worked. Afraid he would get caught, he threw them away.
Unknown to him, Kopitiam and the badge were investigating afterwards a badge address was fabricated on Dec 12 that year.
Tee was arrested on July 24, 2017.
He has aback fabricated abounding amends to Kopitiam, and has accelerating from NTU.
On Monday, Deputy Public Prosecutor David Koh apprenticed the cloister to bastille Tee for at atomic 14 months.
He said the accused acclimated his ability as a computer science above to accomplishment the arrangement and in an attack to awning his tracks.
DPP Koh added that Tee was motivated by acquisitiveness and should accept little sympathy.
But Tee’s lawyer, Mr Edmond Pereira, asked the cloister to alarm for a address to actuate his client’s adequacy for probation.
He said Tee adapted a additional chance, and had accounting about a band-aid to the artifice as allotment of his final-year thesis.
Tee’s assignment above at Trusted Services, a accessory of Temasek Management Services, additionally wrote a appearance advertence letter, adage he would like to accumulate him in his apply behindhand of the book handed to Tee.
District Judge Eddy Tham said he would like added time to accede the adapted sentence, and adjourned sentencing for abutting month.