South Africa: Cops Reel in Greedy Hackers
A syndicate of Internet thieves has stolen more than R400-million [roughly $39,705,000 U.S. -ferg] from government departments, including the Presidency.More here.
Two computer identity-theft hackers, believed to be the masterminds of the cyber gang, were nabbed by the police this week.
These follow the earlier arrests of 13 people involved in stealing millions of rands from government departments and employees across the country.
The syndicate allegedly hacked into computer systems linked to the Presidency using specialised spy software (spyware) programs.
The Internet-based syndicate, which had operatives in banks and government departments, is alleged to be behind the theft of R400-million from bank accounts of the departments of Home Affairs and Public Works, the licensing department, several parastatals and financial institutions, as well as from staff working in the various organisations over the past two years.
The syndicate, the members of which have been arrested over the past month, was bust during an operation conducted by the South African Police Service's Covert Intelligence Collective Directorate and the Commercial Crime Unit.
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