Globe helps PNP crack down on network hackers

Posted at 02/12/2013 6:28 PM | Updated as of 02/13/2013 9:01 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Globe Telecom on Tuesday said it will continue its efforts in assisting the Philippine National Police (PNP) in capturing hackers nationwide.

Globe has been working with local government units and police forces for over a decade already in the battle against international simple resale (ISR) syndicates.

ISR refers to the unauthorized routing and completing of international long distance calls using lines, cables, antennae, and/or air wave frequency and connecting these calls directly to the local or domestic exchange facilities of the country where destined.

ISR operators often lease dedicated lines to make direct calls abroad and use the facilities to sell international call minutes to consumers at a much lower price.

"The rampant practice of international simple resale (ISR) is robbing off networks, not just Globe, of revenues which are supposed to be used to subsidize capital extensive local exchange networks that allow landline users to enjoy low monthly charges," Atty. Froilan Castelo, Globe Head for Corporate and Legal Services Group, said in a statement.
              
"Globe will remain proactive and relentless in capturing ISR perpetrators nationwide through our strengthened partnerships with the police and the courts," he added.

Over the weekend, a Korean and a Filipino have been arrested by police operatives and the Globe Telecom security team for hacking into the International Gateway Facilities (IGFs) of the telecom firm.
      
The suspects were identified as 21-year-old Carlo Dadula, a native of Eastern Samar, and 37-year-old Yoon Nayoung, wife of Kim Yunsog, another Korean national who is allegedly the financier and operator of the illegal activity.

Both suspects were charged with violation of Republic Act 8484 or the Access Device Regulation Act of 1998 for allegedly engaging in ISR.

They are now detained pending inquest proceedings. Meanwhile, Yunsog, who was not around during the raid, will also face criminal charges. 

Nayoung was arrested in Regina Heights Place, No. 385, Boni Avenue corner Vicente Street in Mandaluyong City while Dadula was nabbed in Walled City Suites, No. 162 P. Jacinto Street corner Biglang-awa Street in Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City.
              
Recovered evidences were two GSM Gateway equipment, hundreds of assorted Globe and TM SIM cards, and other computer gadgets.