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Rewards are offered for cell piracy data

Bounties continue to be a popular way for the government to emphasize its determination to tackle crime. Traffic violators were the first to feel the sting of entrepreneurs snapping photos; then it was election law violators and now it’s cell phone cloners. The Communication Ministry has opened a call center to gather reports of cloned cell phones, which contain user information stolen from another unwitting subscriber who is stuck with the call charges. The ministry is offering 100,000 won, about $100, for names of users, traders and installers of purloined data. It set a limit of 2 million won per person, even if reporters give it more than 20 names. But it said it would pay up to 10 million won for information about wholesale cloners or networks. The bounties will be offered for two years, the ministry said.

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