PETALING JAYA: A husband and wife managed to hack a dozen Touch ’n Go Cards for two months using them illegally for toll fares and a number of over-the-counter purchases that requires a Touch ‘n Go card.
How did they hack Touch ’n Go?
The husband and wife cracked the encryption on the Touch ’n Go cards and illegally reloaded a maximum sum of RM1,500 into each card using an Android app downloaded off the Internet.
They installed the app on a smartphone and used its Near Field Communication (NFC) – a wireless technology that enables two electronic devices to be connected within a short range – to reload the cards.
What did they got out of it?
Within two months, the couple manage to use RM20,000 worth of Touch ’n Go credit until they were caught.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din said the two, who are in their 40s, were arrested at their home in Kota Damansara here at around 9.30pm on Feb 22.
“We seized a laptop, a smartphone, an iPad, 12 Touch ’n Go cards and one SmartTAG.”
The couple, he added, had also used the card to make purchases at several retail outlets as well as for toll fares.
He said investigations showed that they had sourced the app from an online forum.
“We are looking into this online forum as well,” he said, adding that the case was being investigated under the Computer Crimes Act.