A hacking group composed of nationals from three East African countries has been arrested in Rwanda while attempting to breach the systems of a bank.
The Rwanda Investigation Bureau says the hackers planned to steal money from clients’ accounts at Equity Bank, but did not say when the hacking attempt was staged.
The bureau said the hacking group was composed of eight Kenyans, three Rwandans and one Ugandan.
“#RIB arrested an organized group of 08
Kenyans, 03 Rwandans and 01 Ugandan over a cyber fraud attempt on Equity bank #Rwanda.
This group was arrested while in the process of hacking into the bank system to steal money from clients’ accounts,” Rwanda Investigation Bureau tweeted.
Equity Bank is a regional financial services giant with presence across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Rwanda Investigation Bureau said the group of hackers had previously managed to hack into the bank’s systems in Kenyan and Uganda.
Equity Bank’s Chief Executive James Mwangi was early this year quoted as saying that the bank had experienced about 14,000 attempts to hack its systems.