Inside a scam: White hat hacker infiltrates cambodian scam operations

After linking up with dozens of workers “asking to be saved” and breaking into scammers’ computers, a notorious ex-hacker now working for the Vietnamese state cybersecurity agency called for “prompt intervention” to get thousands of victims out of Cambodian compounds.

A report compiled mostly last year by Ngo Minh Hieu — previously jailed in the U.S. for a massive identity-theft scheme involving the personal data of 200 million people — documented familiar allegations that have been raised by Chinese, Thai, Malaysian and other nationals about global scam operations based in Cambodian compounds marked by detention, debt slavery and violence.

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Mech Dara, Sen Nguyen and Michael Dickison