The Carter Center, which is currently involved in an international election observation mission in Burma, has apparently been scammed of more than US$42,000 by computer hackers.
According to a statement by police in Rangoon’s Tamwe Township, the Carter Center filed a report on 15 November claiming an invoice of $42,466 was sent from the email address of the assistant director of the Chatrium Hotel in Rangoon, where the election observation team rents an office suite, to the group’s head office in Atlanta, USA. The sender of the email provided a Bangkok Bank account in Thailand, requesting the head office wire the money, which it subsequently did.
According to the police report, the Carter Center claims that the payment ended up in an Indonesian bank account, after it discovered the emails of both the Chatrium Hotel assistant director and Carter Center’s Atlanta office were hacked.
Tamwe police confirmed they have opened an investigation into the alleged fraud under articles 34(a) and 34(b) of the Electronic Transactions Act.
Speaking to DVB on Tuesday, Frederick Rawski, the Myanmar Field Office Director of the Carter Center, confirmed that “there was an incident, and it is currently being looked into by the police.”
Rawski said that the organisation’s observation work in the country had not been affected in any way.
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