Twenty-one year old fraud suspect who hacked IEBC server arrested in Juja
By Patrick Vidija
| July 17th 2021
A fraud suspect who hacked into the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) system has been arrested.
Identified as Kiprop, the suspect is said to have gained access into IEBC’s database and acquired personal details of 61,617registered voters from a county in western Kenya.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations said Kiprop is believed to have been operating a high-tech mobile phone scam syndicate.
The data, which was found in his possession contains names of registered voters, their ID numbers and dates of birth.
DCI said using the fraudulently acquired personal details the suspects contact different wireless carriers and convince the customer service agents that they are the true owners of the line.
Upon successful SIM swapping, the suspect is granted full access to the victim’s online accounts.
The 21-year-old believed to have previously worked for one of Kenya’s mobile phone networks was arrested on Friday morning and a gunny bag full of SIM cards belonging to Safaricom, Airtel and Telcom mobile phone service providers recovered.
“His arrest followed a joint operation by detectives and Safaricom investigators after the suspect swindled an Mpesa agent an unspecified amount of money,” the DCI said.
The suspect was arrested in Juja by sleuths from the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau, supported by Safaricom’s fraud investigations team and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology security officers.
The George Kinoti led department further said the fraudster masquerading as an Mpesa customer care attendant called the agent and lured her into dialing unspecified codes.
“Before the agent realised that she was in a phony call, she had already lost cash from her money lending account. The money was sent to an Mpesa account belonging to one of the fraudulently acquired SIM cards before being transferred to an account at Cooperative bank,” DCI said.
The suspect and his accomplices who escaped DCI’s dragnet narrowly are believed to have swindled unsuspecting members of the public millions of shillings through the pretentious scheme.
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