Hackers sentenced to death

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 December, 1998, 12:00am

Two brothers have been sentenced to death for stealing 26,000 yuan (HK$24,350) from a state-owned bank through computer hacking, the first case of its kind on the mainland.

Hao Jinlong and Hao Jingwen were sentenced in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province, on Thursday for robbing a branch of the China Commercial Bank where Hao Jinlong worked.

In September, the men opened 16 bank accounts under aliases. They then broke into the bank and transferred money into the accounts.

They were apprehended when they tried to withdraw money from one of the accounts and were asked for identification. All the money was recovered.

The judge said hacking was a new form of crime and the law would not treat hackers lightly, the Legal Daily reported.

Beijing implemented anti-hacking laws a year ago after being urged to do so by United States President Bill Clinton.