2 JKUAT students charged for hacking NCBA bank system siphoning Sh 25 Million

 

JKUAt hackers Anthony Mwangi and Ann Wambui photos

 

Two second-year students at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) charged at Milimani Law Courts for siphoning Sh25 million NCBA (K) Bank through hacking.


The two also suffered another count of trick to defraud the bank of Sh190 million.


The accused Anthony Mwangi and Ann Wambui committed the offence on or before October 20, 2020, jointly with others not before the court.


Details of the offence are that they conspired to steal Sh25, 400,000 from NCBA Upper Hill’s head office.


Through lawyer Arunda Oichoe, the accused made an application for reasonable cash bail, saying that they are only university students.


“They are students at JKUAT and are to start their examination. Wanyoike is 21 years and Wambui is 23 years,” said Arunda.


They asked for Sh 100,000 cash bail with their lawyer saying to the court that one of the accused had taken it upon himself to notify the bank that their system had loopholes that could be exploited.


“The alleged crimes happened on an IT platform, particularly a mobile phone,” said Oichoe.

It is Mwangi who notified the bank that there was a system breach through Twitter and afterwards summoned to appear at the bank for a probe.


“They presented themselves before the bank. They were not arrested, " said Oichoe.


The accuser said that the proposal of a Sh 100,000 cash bail is too lenient and requested the magistrate to take into account the amount involved.


The students were released on Sh500,000 cash bail or bond of Sh2 million.


The case was scheduled for pre-trial in November.

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