The CI task team and Mukono CPS, have in custodya one Kaporonyo Sabiiti, a 48-year-old, hacker from Namugongo in Wakiso, on allegations of hacking into mobile money systems of agents/dealers and stealing money from their agent lines.
According to police spokesperson Fred Enanga, the suspect made millions of shillings from hacking into mobile money systems by agents in Mukono, Jinja, Misindye, Kiira division, Kinoni and Nagalama, among others.
He added that Sabiiti had also allegedly customized his car registration number plates, believing his car movements would not be detected.
“An immediate search led to the recovery of 4 airtel lines and a hacking machine. His motor vehicle, a Toyota Harrier, registration number UBD 612P, white in color was also impounded,” he said.
Enanga noted that as the Joint Security Agencies, they continue to locate and fight these kinds of criminals who steal and hurt innocent business persons.
Earlier in June 2023, the Joint Security Agencies registered an increase in targeted attacks on mobile money dealers and banking agents.
The natures of the attacks were follow-home and front-gate attacks and physical/direct attacks at the premises, and while in transit to and from the banks.
The police hence called for vigilance, alteration of routine patterns, target hardening in form of guards and escort services, and a reduction or avoidance of late night movements.