Korean online sites on the move

    Published in: Latest Intelligence Underground online gambling operations targeting South Koreans have migrated to Thailand and the Philippines under pressure from police at home and in China  “They are everywhere – Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket,” a senior South Korean police official in Thailand told AGB. “I don’t know how many, but there are many. It’s now very difficult to operate in China, so they come to Thailand.” A combination in South Korea of tight legal restrictions on gambling and world-leading levels of internet connectivity has fuelled the growth of underground websites. The Korea Sports Promotion Foundation last year counted 23,078 illegal sports betting sites, mostly based overseas. Those with a physical presence in South Korea are naturally vulnerable to arrest. Gyeonggi provincial police announced in April the arrest of four men for running five underground sports betting sites and of 13 of their IT staff. The group used Chinese servers...

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