Singapore's Matthew Ho Defrauds Riot Games Co-Founder Marc MerrillScroll Down
Marc Merrill, who is a millionaire game developer, is a recent victim of a man from Singapore who stole multiple identities in order to make use of cloud computing power for cryptocurrency mining. The perpetrator used Amazon Web Services and Google's cloud computing systems along with the stolen identities.
The recently unsealed court filing from November 7 explained that Marc Merrill, who is the co-founder of Riot Games, is the victim of a Singapore scam. The scam was perpetrated by Matthew Ho's identity theft scheme. Merrill was previously an anonymous victim. Riot Games is known as the owner of the highly successful game called League of Legends, and Merrill is its lead developer.
Ho is alleged to have used Merrill's American Express credit card number and security code in order to purchase cloud computing power from Amazon, Google ad other firms. In October, Ho received an indictment from United States prosecutors. The prosecutors said that the total theft of computing services by Ho amounted to more than $5 million. The authorities also alleged that o became the largest consumer of Amazon Web Services.
In their statement, the prosecutors explained that over the few months of activity in the scheme, Ho obtained more than $5 million in cloud computing services to maintain his operation. For a short time, he was one of the biggest customers of data usage by volume for Amazon Web Services. Some of the staff of Merrill paid those American Express credit card bills before the fraud was detected.
The investigators claimed that Ho managed to use social engineering in order to gain access to administrative privileges. He then accessed the large amounts of cloud computing power on Amazon's and Google's servers in order to mine a variety of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ether.
Ho tricked Amazon into thinking that he was the president of Riot Games. He also made a fraudulent California driver's license with Merrill's name. He was charged on multiple counts of fraud by the Department of Justice in October, but Merrill's name was only released on November 7 as a victim of the scam.