Kenya Revenue Authority 'lost $39m to hacker'

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Kenya Income Authority 'misplaced $39m to hacker'

  • 22 March 2017
  • From the part Africa
Alex Mutunga Mutuku, Kenya's IT expert accused of massive electronic fraudPicture copyright Every day Nation
Picture caption Alex Mutuku's legal professionals need him to be launched on bail

An IT professional has been charged with hacking into Kenya's Income Authority and stealing $39m (£31m).

Alex Mutungi Mutuku, 28, is accused of digital fraud however he denies any wrongdoing.

The prosecution says he's a part of a world community stealing cash from a number of state our bodies.

The federal government says there's a ring involving expatriates from the USA and different nations, together with cops and civil servants.

A radical background verify on state staff is now being carried out, authorities spokesperson Eric Kiraithe informed the BBC.

Different state businesses affected by the alleged hacking embrace the e-citizen on-line cost portal the place customers pay for presidency providers.

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Mr Mutuku was arrested after police carried out an operation following a tip-off that establishments have been dropping cash.

A lawyer for Mr Mutuku, Tacey Makori, has requested for him to be launched, arguing that police had failed to point out sufficient proof to warrant an prolonged detention.

'Tip of the iceberg'

He's being held whereas anti-cybercrime officers dig deeper into what they consider is an elaborate fraud scheme with worldwide connections.

It allegedly includes hackers with entry to high-tech gear and software program which enabled them to steal from firms, Kenya's Normal newspaper stories.

"It's a case of distant management hacking the place the suspects function easily with their machines and the subsequent minute you realise you haven't any cash in your account," state prosecutor Edwin Okello is quoted by the newspaper as saying.

"The knowledge we now have is only a tip of the iceberg. The racket is massive and includes individuals outdoors the nation."

The cybercrime unit says Kenya misplaced $165m (£132m) by way of hacking in 2016.

Earlier this month, a number of individuals together with overseas nationals have been arrested in Nairobi over their involvement in theft of funds by way of hacking.

Ten suspects have up to now been charged in courtroom.

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