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Jul 18, 2019 05:31 AM
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Young Hacker Who Invaded Government Systems Sentenced to Jail

A former broker of Guotai Junan Securities Co. Ltd., who hacked into computer systems of several government bodies, brokerages and futures companies, was sentenced to five years and two months and fined 20,000 yuan for illegal invasion of computer system and infringing on citizens' personal information. Photo: VCG
A former broker of Guotai Junan Securities Co. Ltd., who hacked into computer systems of several government bodies, brokerages and futures companies, was sentenced to five years and two months and fined 20,000 yuan for illegal invasion of computer system and infringing on citizens' personal information. Photo: VCG

A Chinese court imposed a 62-month jail sentence and a fine on a former stockbroker who hacked into computer systems of several government bodies, brokerages and futures companies in 2017 and downloaded more than 4 million pieces of personal information.

Lin Qingjin, 33, a former broker of the Hong Kong- and Shanghai-listed securities firm Guotai Junan Securities Co. Ltd., was convicted of illegal invasion of computer systems and infringing on citizens’ personal information. He was sentenced to five years and two months in jail and fined 20,000 yuan ($2,908), according to a court verdict (link in Chinese) in July 2018 by the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in the southeastern province of Fujian. The verdict document was made public online Monday.

In early 2017, Lin hacked into the websites of several government bodies including the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, and the Fuyang city government in the eastern province of Anhui, according to the document. He also invaded email services and changed email passwords of some government employees.

Later that year, Lin hacked into the computer systems of companies including his employer Guotai Junan, Shanghai-listed Industrial Securities Co. Ltd., Shenzhen-listed Changjiang Securities Co. Ltd. and two futures companies, the document showed. The 4 million pieces of personal information he illegally downloaded included those of employees and clients.

Contact reporter Timmy Shen (hongmingshen@caixin.com, Twitter: @timmyhmshen)

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