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52-year-old cybercrime suspect arrested in Wundanyi; over 500 SIM cards, 25 modems recovered

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  • Archibald Kalela Mwandairo is a computer science expert from a local university.
  • During his arrest, detectives found more than 500 SIM cards, 25 modems, two Global Systems for Mobile communications (GSM) among other things.
  • Cyber espionage is a form of cyber attack that steals classified, sensitive data or intellectual property to gain an advantage over a competitive company or government entity.

DCI detectives on Sunday, October 18 arrested a cyber espionage suspect in Taita Taveta County.

52-year-old Archibald Kalela Mwandairo was arrested at Mlondo village in Wundanyi Sub-county by detectives who were acting on intelligence.

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The sleuths, drawn from the Special Service Unit (SSU), raided the suspect’s house and recovered devices they believe he has been using in intercepting, accessing and transmitting messages to unauthorised recipients.

“Acting on intelligence, detectives raided the suspect’s house where on conducting a thorough search therein found; two Global Systems for Mobile communications (GSM), one fitted with 512 SIM cards, four internet routers, a GSM Skyline inserted with 64 Safaricom SIM cards, 25 modems, 83 Airtel SIM cards, 76 Safaricom SIM cards, an electric inverter, a HP laptop and mobile handset among others,” said the DCI.

Apparently, the widely-traveled Mwandairo is a computer science expert from a local university and sends espionage materials to a country in the West.

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He is in custody at Wundanyi Police Station and will be arraigned on Monday (October 19).

What is cyber espionage?

Cyber espionage is a form of cyber attack that steals classified, sensitive data or intellectual property to gain an advantage over a competitive company or government entity.

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Usually, the primary intent of a cyber espionage is to steal classified information (especially sensitive business and technology information) from government agencies or trading secrets from corporations.

These vital information can then be used by a state to gain a strategic advantage against her adversaries.

In 2013, former NSA chief General Keith Alexander called cyber espionage “the greatest transfer of wealth in history”. This is because at the time, the US economy was losing $250 billion a year to intellectual property theft, and cybercrime a further $114 billion annually.

 

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