NIC Bank database hackers arrested

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A branch of NIC Bank on Wabera Street in Nairobi. PHOTO | FILE

In Summary

  • Mr Alex Mutungi and Mr Stanley Kimeu are said to have threatened to publish the confidential information they had obtained if they were not given the money.
  • The two were arrested at 1am at a house in Nairobi on Friday and their phones and laptops seized.
  • A third suspect in the case, Mr Sylvester Muthoka Kamula, was Monday charged at the chief magistrate’s court with stealing Sh2.8 million from the NIC Bank head office on August 2 and 5.

Police are holding two suspects accused of hacking into NIC Bank’s database and later demanding Sh59 million ($65,000) from the lender.

Mr Alex Mutungi and Mr Stanley Kimeu are said to have threatened to publish the confidential information they had obtained if they were not given the money.

The suspects were arrested at 1am at a house in Nairobi on Friday and their phones and laptops seized, the investigating officer told the Milimani Court on Monday.

“I’m investigating a case of unauthorised access of a computer service, contrary to the Communication Commission of Kenya Act 2013. We have an allegation that the suspects gained access into the IT systems of the NIC Bank and need more time to finalise the probe,” said Charles Odhiambo of the Flying Squad police unit. Read on

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