A Beijing court has accepted a lawsuit against Cheng Zhihan, an engineer from UTStarcom's (UTSI) Shenzhen branch.

Cheng allegedly brought a CNY3.7 million loss to Beijing Mobile after hacking into the telecommunications company's recharging center.

Cheng reportedly cracked Beijing Mobile's database many times, starting in March 2005. After altering the original data of the recharging cards and stealing the related PIN codes, he sold the cards for a profit.

When he was identified, he had already sold recharging card worth about CNY3.7 million.

The case is currently being processed by the court and a decision should be reached in a few months. UTStarcom, itself, has not been implicated in any of the crimes.

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