suspected hacker Alex Mutuku

Alex Mutungi Mutuku was arraigned in court yesterday over electronic fraud, after allegedly hacking into the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) systems and making away with Sh 4 billion.

Mutuku, who did not plead to the charges as cyber crime officers asked that he be detained to give them more time to conduct their investigations and arrest other suspects, was arrested following after a multi-agency security operation, which was launched after several financial institutions reported losing cash through suspicious manipulation of their systems.

State Prosecutor Edwin Okello told the court that Mutuku has connections to an international cybercrime syndicate unit.

“It is a case of remote control hacking where the suspects operate smoothly with their machines and the next minute you realise you have no money in your account. The information we have is just a tip of the iceberg. The racket is big and involves people outside the country,” said Mr Okello.

Okello also asked the court not to grant mutuku bail, saying that the suspect is a flight risk and should therefore be detained for 4o days pending investigations.

“His passport shows that he is a person who is able to walk in and out of Tanzania at will and has been visiting Uganda, Burundi, and India. He is a frequent traveller outside the country, which makes him likely to abscond court if released on bail,” said Okello.

Chief magistrate Francis Andayi ordered Mutuku to be detained until March 28.

Other than KRA, several blue-chip banks, a parastatal and a supermarket chain are some of the institutions whose systems have been penetrated by the alleged cybercrime syndicate and money siphoned.

The police have also arrested a former police officer, a Kenya Revenue Authority employee and two American citizens who are now among 16 suspects in police custody for transnational crimes — that include cybercrime and drug trafficking.

A Chinese firm, China National Aero Technology International Engineering Company (Catic) has also been linked to the syndicate.

According to Information Technology, Security and Assurance (ISACA) about 3,000 cyber-crime related incidences are reported in Kenya every month,

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Kenyans are known to have some pretty peculiar habits that will either leave your ribs cracking or shaking your head in dismay.

One of these habits that invoke the latter reaction is the bizarre tradition of “killing” personalities; from musicians, actors to politicians.

Veteran comedian, Daniel Ndambuki AKA Churchill became the latest victim of the Kenyan “killing spree” when news started circulating on social media last weekend that he had been killed in a grisly road accident along Mai Mahiu-Suswa road after his car hit a pothole.

Churchill took to his social media accounts to dispel the rumours, saying that he was alive and kicking. The comedian would later comically reveal in an interview with the Sunday nation that he was having lunch when he got news about his death.

“It didn’t worry me at first because I have seen it happen to my friends in the entertainment industry until I started receiving numerous calls from concerned friends and family,” Churchill told the Sunday Nation.

Other celebrities who have been unceremoniously “killed” include; Jaguar, Fred Machoka, singer Avril, Willy M. Tuva.

Politicians like the former cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott popularly known as the Total Man, have been “killed” on more than one ocassion.

In 2014, Citizen TV reporter Willis Raburu declared Biwott dead via Twitter when at the same time the total man was speaking at a party in Toroplongon in Keiyo South.

Retired president Daniel Arap Moi was also killed in June last year after a local blog ran the story as breaking news.

“Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi the second President of Kenya has passed on in his sleep in Kabarak home in Nakuru,” read a section of the article.






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Kenya’s internet fastest in Africa

Kenya has the highest internet connection speed in Africa and in the middle-east according to the Akamai State of the Internet Report 2016.

According to the report, Kenya posted a strong quarterly Connection speed 43% – the highest in the region—to join Israel and Qatar as the only surveyed countries in the region to have an average connection speed above 10 Mbps.

Kenya recorded an average internet speed of 15mbps (megabytes per second) followed by Israel at 14.4mbps, South Africa at 6.6 mbps, Morroco at 5.2 mbps and Nigeria at 4.1 mbps.

“Kenya overtook third-quarter leader Israel to gain the top spot for average connection speeds among the surveyed Middle East and Africa countries in the fourth quarter.” the report says.

Globally, Kenya ranked 23rd out of the 129 countries sampled in the report with South Korea topping the list with the fastest connectivity at 26.1 mbps.

Quite notable is that Kenya, which recorded the highest connection in Akamai’s 2016 report, did not qualify for inclusion in the 2015 report as its data then was so insignificant.

As noted previously, Kenya did not qualify for inclusion one year ago. It has clearly seen tremendous growth in high-speed connectivity in the past year.”

Akamai is the world’s leading content delivery network (CDN) services provider for media and software delivery, and cloud security solutions.

According to the latest statistics by the communication authority (CAK) Kenya has 31,985,048 Internet users as of Sept/2015 (69.6% of the population).

Mobile phone penetration, which has also been touted as one of the highest in the region stands at 88 per cent with 37.8million subscribers.

Last year, Kenya was second after S.A in internet usage in Africa. According to pew research, the growth was attributed to increased affordability of Internet services and also on the growth of e-commerce


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digital healthcare

Kenya’s 1st comprehensive telehealth platform, ConnectMed, which allows patients to have a virtual consultation and get treated by a doctor online has launched today.

“Healthcare in Kenya is both scarce given too few doctors as well as inaccessible due to cost, location, and limited available hours. We started ConnectMed to help solve these challenges and make healthcare delivery truly scalable,” said Dr. Fibian Nyorita, Chief Medical Officer, ConnectMed.

ConnectMed, which is currently running in South Africa, allows one to see a doctor on a live video and get treated for over 30 common ailments.The service has currently signed up over 50 doctors

“You can request to see one of our trained KMPDB-licensed doctors for a 15-minute virtual consultation, 8 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with same day,” said Melissa McCoy, Chief Executive Officer, ConnectMed

ConnectMed Patients will also enjoy great discounts on medications & follow-on services from partners of the service. Doctors on the platform will be able to provide medical advice, diagnose, treat, prescribe and even refer you onto a specialist, provide a sick note or referral letter.

ConnectMed is offering a free first consult to patients For a limited time to
allow Kenyans to see the value of the service. Click on the link to book your consultation www.connectmed.co.ke.

Digital Healthcare

Technology, the smartphone particularly has indeed revolutionized healthcare in the country. Kenya’s remarkable growth in mobile technology has led to a digital revolution in key areas of development such as; healthcare, banking, government services etc.

Mobile money platforms have made it easier for Kenyans to facilitate healthcare financing considering that 22 million people pay out of pocket for private healthcare.

Hospitals have also embraced technology to have Electronic Health Records (EHR) and automating services rendered to patients from the point of registration to discharge.

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cooking gas prices increase

Consumers will have to dig deeper in their already stretched pockets following an increase in Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

According to data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Prices have increased by an average of Sh330. This has been attributed to rising cost in importing LPG.

There has been an increased uptake of cooking gas in households since July last year following the Treasury’s waiver of value added tax on LPG, which saw prices reduce drastically for the first time in history. Statistics at the KNBS indicate that consumption of LPG increased by 180,830MT in 20016 from 62650MT in 2015.

Treasury also reduced the import duty on energy efficient stoves with similar stoves and cookers that use gas, electricity and other fuels from 25% to 10%.

Kenya’s inflation has been rising rapidly for the past one year, owing to the high cost food. Last month inflation stood at a high of 9.04 per from 6.99 per cent in January, the highest rise to be recorded since June 2012.

Prices of basic commodities such as Unga, sugar, fuel and rent continue to hit the roof and the song in every Mwanachi’s mouth is; “Wacha hii siasa ipite tuone ama mambo yatakuwa sawa jameni/ we really hope that things will get better after the elections.


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Chuck Berry-Johnny B. Goode



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