How a now-cybersecurity professor once helped track a thief who used his identity to extort $50,000
A professor of cybercrime and cybersecurity at Boston University Metropolitan College (BU MET) once helped authorities locate the person who stole his identity and swindled South Korean citizens with tens of thousands of dollars in 1999.
Talking to BU TodayDr. Kyung-shick Choi recalled how she once became a victim of cybercrime while still studying criminal justice at Northeastern University in the late 1990s.
Choi, who now runs BU MET’s research and cybersecurity programs, said he studied economics for a semester in South Korea in hopes of taking over his father’s business someday. After his father’s death, however, Choi admitted that “he could not feel the passion [economics]”And became a police officer.
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After this transition, Choi ended up studying criminal justice in Boston. Things took a surprising turn in 1999 when the Korean National Police called him and said he was suspected of defrauding South Korean citizens of more than $ 50,000 by posing as a college student with difficulty earn their trust. He denied the allegations and said he used to be a police officer in his native South Korea.
Choi then helped authorities locate the person behind the robbery. He discovered that one of his friends had seen his personal website, which contained details about his academic background, his experiences with law enforcement, and more. She showed Choi’s website to her husband, who eventually pretended to be Choi to swindle five victims in South Korea. These victims believe they were helping Choi with his college tuition.
“I could easily track an IP for that [was] a dial-up. … He used all the money, he said, just for his honeymoon, “Choi told BU Today.
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Choi’s friend’s father finally reimbursed the victims. Meanwhile, Choi severed ties with her friend and husband.
Although he cleared his name in South Korea, however, Choi found himself under suspicion among his classmates and teachers in Boston.
“Because, think about it, it’s a one-year process, and my teacher makes me look suspicious every time I go to class because they thought I did, ”the BU MET professor said.
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“I’m the only Asian student in the whole program, so I notice a lot, “he added. “They know I do technology. So it was extremely awkward, just keep studying at Northeastern. [That] a year was a horrible year for me. I really couldn’t sleep. “
The founding editor and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence & Cybercrime (IJCIC), Choi has facilitated the Virtual Forum Against Cybercrime (VFAC), a global cybercrime project of the Korean Institute of Criminology in collaboration with the United Nations. He is also the founder of the White Hat Conference and has several years of experience in “designing and providing law enforcement training programs in cybercrime research, including computer forensic research and child exploitation.”
He believes that now more important than ever is to have cybercrime studies, as we are living what he considers to be the fourth industrial revolution. This latest transition, he explained, incorporates the use of cyberphysical systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud technology and artificial intelligence (AI), among others.
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“This is the age of global connectivity, which provides the power to transform entire systems of production, management and governance through the cyberphysical system, ”Choi said. CIC Center in 2018.
Choi is also currently working with the U.S. Department of Justice on several projects to “train the next generation of cyber detectives.” One of the projectsknown as the “Program of Educational Opportunities for Forensic Computer Studies and Digital Evidence,” he has received $ 1,762,402 in funding meet up.
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