Police crack down on ring tied to NKorean hackers

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? South Korean police say they have cracked down on an international ring that allegedly collaborated with North Korean hackers to steal millions of dollars in points from online gaming sites.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said Thursday that five people, including a Chinese man, were arrested on suspicions of working with North Korean hackers in China to hack South Korean gaming sites.

The agency said in a statement the hackers created programs enabling the ring to rack up points without actual play and later exchange the points for cash. The ring is also accused of selling the programs and sharing profits with the hackers.

The police described the hackers as members of a North Korean company that helps fill leader Kim Jong Il’s coffers.