Ugandan Police Bust Internet Crime Gang

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According to the New Vision a gang of cybercrime fraudsters linked to the recent spate of Mobile Money and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) scams, is on the run following the seizure of one of their kingpins – a womanas the Police warn the public to be on the lookout.

The Police have unearthed a racket of fraudsters who connive with Internet cafe owners to defraud the unsuspecting public.

One of Kampala’s most notorious computer hackers turned against her comrades because she did not want to go to prison and leave her seven-year-old daughter behind. Top members of hacking group, Tusobola Net, literally translated as “we can handle the Internet” have fled across East Africa after their leader, a 34-year-old white lady (names withheld), turned them in.

Tusobola Net is an umbrella term used in Kampala to represent an Internet subculture – a collection of online individuals, or ‘hactivists’, who share common ideas of anti-censorship and freedom of speech on the Internet.

They have carried out cyber attacks on Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards, banks and other corporate fraud. Tusobola net is linked to four Bulgarians, Ivan Ganchev, Milen Katsarski, Adrian Dimitrov and Anton Ivanov who were jailed over ATM fraud.

According to the Police, the gang is also linked to three former MTN agents, who hacked into the company’s system and swindled sh3b.

The mother of one has spent the last 17 months working as a Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Directorate (CIID) informant, revealing shocking details that led the authorities to Eva Nasozi, who has been charged in court.

On Tuesday, Nasozi, who was described as one of the ringleaders of Tusobola net, pleaded not guilty before the Buganda Road Court and was remanded in Luzira Prison.

Six other members of the racket are still at large. Three operated from shopping malls on Wilson Road, while the others are Makerere University students only identified as Rash, TT and Jackson.

According to the Police, they fled to Tanzania when their leader was arrested. A preliminary Police report states that the hackers are responsible for a number of attacks on large companies, government agencies and hospitals.

Source and Image Credit: NewVision

 

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