Malaysian Online Gambling Busts Reach 144

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The news of Malaysia's actions against illegal online football betting rings has quickly spread, but we are now learning more details about the raids and what drove them.

The original police tip on the sites was that they were involved in drug activity. Police were happy to discover that the sites were involved in more than just drugs; online gambling appeared to play a big role in the scheme as well.

The crime ring is alleged to have generated US $1.3 billion in revenues in just over a month of operation. The crime ring operated out of high end bungalows in a gated community. The bungalows had 43 computers, 241 cell phones, and CCTV video security.

Police have detained 144 people in the raids.