Kenyan authorities charge 77 Chinese in Internet hacking case – The Nairobi’s Chinese Embassy currently states that the seventy seven Chinese nationals are detained in a Nairobi Surburb middle of this week over cyber offense belong to a cross border telecommunications fraud group.
Spokesman Mao Yizong says the group has been using their equipment to call and defraud their targets in China. So far two suspects have been charged in court.
The Chinese Nationals were discovered in this 5 Bedroom house situated in Runda, one of Nairobi’s Plush Neighbourhoods, police had gone to investigate a fire incident which claimed the life of one chinese when they found the group hurdled in a room that had what they described as sophisticated communication.
Several telephone headsets, computers linked to high-speed internet and monitors were recovered . Kenyan authorities believe the suspects were running a cyber-command centre which they say is capable of disrupting communication systems in the country and intercepting ATM transactions and Internet fraud.
The Chinese Embassy in Nairobi says the suspects likely belong to a cross border tele communications fraud group.
Based on consular visits by Chinese Embassy officials, many of 77 are not well educated. Their communications have many Chinese grammar and calligraphy mistakes, let alone speak or write in English. It indicates that the suspects do not have the capacity to engage in cyber crimes or high security hacks based on their characteristics at all, such as threatening the-Pesa network, ATM accounts or security networks. Their job might simply be reading the carefully prepared ’actor’s lines’ to cheat the victims through telephone calls.
It further says the group has also been using their communication equipment to defraud targets within China. By making victims believe that they have committed financial offenses with their banks, Insurance companies or other financial institution. they extort money by disguising themselves as prosecutors or authorities. The group has been escaping the Chinese police dragnets by moving from one country to another and they prefer countries where their operations are not quite familiar with to ease their work and avoid arrest.
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