Ugandan man hacks and steals from Safaricom

A Ugandan national was on Thursday arraigned in court after hacking telecoms operator Safaricom network.

Robert Nsale was arrested on March 31 alongside Morgan Kamande after a Safaricom official detected unauthorised access into the network.

Erick Mugo immediately reported the matter at parliament police station for police to kick off probe on the suspects.

“A report was booked at Parliament Police Station by one Erick Mugo, a senior manager at Safaricom’s fraud investigation department, who had reported unauthorised access to the telecom operator’s protected system,” the court was told by a police officer.

Police disclosed that the suspects used one Edward Waweru sim card to execute the attack after thorough investigations were conducted.

In a statement, Safaricom noted that the money had been recovered and returned to the mobile operator after the suspects were nabbed.

Safaricom chief executive, Mr Bob Collymore assured customers that their money and database was intact adding that the suspects were caught before the matter escalated into something bigger.

“I wish to assure our customers that all their data is safe and we have no evidence of any money being removed from the system,” Collymore stated.

The incident comes barely a month after a 28-year-old man was arraigned and charged with allegedly engaging in cyber crime resulting in the loss of Sh4 billion from the Kenya Revenue Authority.

Alex Mutungi Mutuku was accused of fraudulently causing the loss of Sh3,985,663,858 from KRA after allegedly interfered with the institution’s computer systems over the course of one year from March 2016 to March 2017.


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