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Chinese AMP Contractor Pleads Guilty To Data Breach

A Chinese contractor for finance giant AMP has been hauled before the courts for downloading customers’ personal information in what police say was a major data breach.

Yi Zheng, 28, has pleaded guilty to downloading documents, including passports and driver’s licences, of 20 different customers at AMP, which he then sent to his personal Gmail account in October last year.

According to a report from The Australian, he was caught after he attempted to install a dark-web Internet browser on his AMP laptop in December, using an external USB storage device and picked up by AMP’s software program Dtex to automatically alert AMP’s cyber-security staff.

A month later, he was arrested by NSW Border Force officers as he tried to board a flight to China with his wife and six-month-old baby boy.

Officers seized mobile phones, SIM cards, a laptop and electronic storage devices.

Zheng’s lawyer William Chan entered a plea of guilty for his client at the Downing Centre Local Court. He will be sentenced next month.

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