Alleged SA cyber-heist syndicate nabbed

A syndicate linked to the theft of millions of Rands from a Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) bank account has been caught, according to a report on TimesLive.

The syndicate reportedly comprised of married couple Darius and Janene Rhoda, as well as Michael Tsegofatso Kekana, Kagiso Matsimela, and Ishmael Mathabathe Sathekge, who all stand accused of the crime.

Allegedly the accused used keylogging hardware to obtain credentials for the First National Bank account from which the money was stolen, including millions in fines paid by motorists.

Rogue insiders installed the keyloggers on RTMC computers used for online banking.

Times reported that a shopping spree followed the theft, with the perpetrators spending R8.7-million before being arrested.

Purchases included watches, diamonds, emeralds, SAA flight tickets, sound systems, and Apple computer products.

The five accused appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court this week, the report said, and are out on R2,000 bail each.

Spokespeople for the RTMC were not immediately available for comment on this story.

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