Police bust ring of hackers in multi-million shilling KRA, bank thefts

Some of the suspects arrested for transnational crimes including drug trafficking and cybercrime. The court has allowed police to detain them for 20 days for further investigations. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The crooks installed malware into the KRA systems that allowed them to take control of the institutions’ computers and steal hundreds of millions.
  • On Monday, police detectives from the Special Crime Prevention Unit, SCPU, and the Flying Squad smashed the syndicate and arrested a former police officer.
  • On Wednesday evening, KRA confirmed that its staff members had been part of the syndicate and were under arrest.
  • In December last year, four banks were attacked and they lost Sh130 million which was never recovered.

Kenya Revenue Authority, several blue-chip banks, a parastatal and a supermarket chain are some of the institutions penetrated by an international cybercrime syndicate that took off with hundreds of millions of shillings – before they were all seized on Monday and Tuesday.

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