- The Criminal Investigations Department has arrested a hacker behind the loss of data from some telecoms and Internet Service Providers
- Reports have it that the young man had syphoned data worth GH¢115,000 and sold it at cheap rates
The Cyber Crime Unit of the CID Headquarters has apprehended a 31 year old man, Danny Gblonya, for allegedly hacking into an online portal of an internet service provider and stealing data bundle worth GH¢115,000.
Suspect Danny Gblonya, according to the police, later sold the data to unsuspecting customers at a cheaper price after he had ‘ripped’ the data company off.
According to reports, the suspect is said to have been doing this business since February 2018.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Daily Guide, the Director in charge of the Cyber Crime Unit, Chief Superintendent Dr. Gustav Herbert Yankson, said On May 7, this year, the Internet Service Provider (name withheld) reported an incident to the Cybercrime Unit.
According to the complaint, their online portal, where customers purchased data bundles, had been hacked and data bundle worth GH¢115,000 had been fraudulently allocated to some customers.
Preliminary investigations by the security agency revealed the identity of the intruder as Danny Gblonya.
Police intelligence led to the arrest of suspect, Danny Gblonya on May 10, 2018 at his hideout in Accra.
Further investigations also revealed that suspect purchased 8 data SIM cards of the service provider, allotted data bundles to them through the portal without authority and sold same out to friends at cheaper prices.
“Our investigations also revealed that suspect employed a software that spied on the backend codes of the website, identified vulnerability and exploited it”, Chief Superintendent Dr. Gustav Herbert Yankson added.
In his caution statement, Dr. Yankson said Danny admitted committing the offence and was currently on bail.
“He has provisionally been charged for unauthorized circumvention and stealing and would be put before court soon for prosecution,” he revealed.
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