DCI Arrest KU Students Hacking Credit Cards, Using Them To Purchase Bitcoins.
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) apprehended a Nakuru-based students gang that had been hacking people’s credit cards and using them to buy bitcoins before converting them to Kenyan currency.
According to a DCI statement dated Thursday, June 16, the gang consists of two Kenyatta University students and two female accomplices who operated from houses in the affluent Milimani neighborhood of Nakuru county.
According to the detectives, the perpetrators created fake email accounts that they used to hack credit cards of unsuspecting victims, particularly those living in foreign countries.
The accounts would then be used to purchase bitcoins, which would then be converted to Kenyan currency.
The syndicate spent the money on a lavish lifestyle, including parties and property purchases. Police officers who were alerted to the crime launched investigations and were hot on the trail of the gang.
The students and their accomplices were smoked out of the Milimani neighborhood.
“The gang operating from houses in the affluent Milimani neighborhood has been on our radar over the past few days and it was only a matter of time before our detectives smoked them out,” DCI stated.
Among the documents found in the house was a land sale agreement signed on May 25 for a property worth Ksh850,000 in Juja, Kiambu county.
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DCI advised online users to exercise caution when clicking links sent to them, as the vice is spreading throughout the country.
This comes as the DCI establishes its own national Forensic Laboratory, which will be used to combat modern crimes such as cybercrime and technology misuse.
“This national endeavor seeks to increase to support our criminal justice system in conducting evidence-based investigations, enable quick re-enactment of crime as well conviction of suspects through validated and internationally accepted means,” President Uhuru Kenyatta stated during the launch.