How URA System Hackers Were Arrested – ChimpReports

How URA System Hackers Were Arrested


information pills geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Guster Nsubuga, salve Richard Kibalama, Farouk Mugeere a.k.a. Ngobi and Patrick Owora were picked from the compound of URA offices at Nakawa House in Kampala.

After arrest by URA enforcement personnel Tuesday evening, they were whisked to the Special Investigation Unit headquarters in Kireka, a city suburb.

Seated in a vehicle, a Toyota Duet-UAQ 342R, the men reportedly had three laptop computers, which they had used to hack into the URA systems. Nsubuga owns the car.

“When we closed in on them, they hurriedly closed the computers. Luckily, when one of them was opened, it had the home page of the URA intranet,” an officer, who participated in the operation, stated on condition of anonymity.

On one of the laptops, the URA system had detected an unauthorized user and generated a notice about a hacker.

Of the three laptops, two had wireless internet connectivity while another had a modem, according to the officer. Also recovered were a power inverter, flash disks, several business cards and ATM cards of several banks.

The detainees, the officer said, have severally logged onto URA’s wireless networks, affecting revenue collection and disrupting service delivery.

“We have trailed them and observed their activities for a while. They always park near URA premises and thereafter begin their activities,” the officer said, adding that such practices have led to loss of taxes.

Inexplicably, the men allegedly gained access to URA’s Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), a computerized customs management system which covers most foreign trade procedures.

The system handles manifests and customs declarations, transit and accounting procedures.

Almost monthly, URA’s systems are affected; glitches administrators now believe are a result of the persistent hacking.

The officials also disclosed that Nsubuga’s car was on URA’s list of vehicles that flouted registration procedures. It was accordingly impounded.

The hackers yesterday remained detained in Kireka as URA’s Tax Investigation Department and the police continued investigating their activities.

They are expected to appear in court soon.

In its drive to provide better facilitation to tax payment, URA has automated its systems. ENDS


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