Criminal Intelligence Task Team Apprehends Hacker Accused of Stealing from Mobile Money Agents

In a collaborative effort between the Criminal Intelligence task team and Mukono Central Police Station (CPS), law enforcement authorities have apprehended a suspected hacker accused of infiltrating mobile money systems and defrauding agents across several regions.

The individual in custody, identified as Kaporonyo Sabiiti, a 48-year-old resident of Namugongo in Wakiso, faces allegations of orchestrating a sophisticated scheme to siphon funds from mobile money agents in Mukono, Jinja, Misindye, Kiira division, Kinoni, and Nagalama, among other areas.

Reports suggest that Sabiiti, leveraging his technical prowess, capitalized on vulnerabilities within the mobile money infrastructure to illicitly amass substantial sums of money. Additionally, he allegedly employed deceptive tactics, including the customization of his car’s registration number plates, in a misguided attempt to evade detection.

Following a swift investigation, law enforcement officials conducted a search operation that yielded crucial evidence, including four Airtel lines and a hacking device. Furthermore, Sabiiti’s motor vehicle, a Toyota Harrier bearing registration number UBD 612P and painted white, was impounded as part of the ongoing probe.

Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, underscored the commitment of the Joint Security Agencies to combat cybercriminals who pose a threat to businesses and individuals alike. Emphasizing a proactive stance, he affirmed their dedication to uncovering, exposing, and disrupting such illicit activities.

This latest arrest serves as a testament to the tireless efforts of law enforcement agencies in safeguarding digital ecosystems and protecting the financial interests of the public. As cyber threats continue to evolve, authorities remain vigilant in their pursuit of justice and the preservation of cybersecurity standards.