‘System manipulator’ caught by police

A 29-year-old man appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court after he was arrested for contravening the Electronic Communication Act, recently.

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Police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane said, “It is alleged that during July 2016, the man resigned from a consulting company, which offers a networking service to various clients. On August 14, 2017, the owners of the company received a tender document to capture on their computer system but were unable to open the folder that stored the information as well as other important files.”

A charge in terms of the Electronic Communication Act was opened for investigation. Lt Col Zwane explained that investigations revealed that a IP address was used to encrypt data and folders by using a ‘password protected’ folder. It therefore became unreadable to the complainant.

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“A search and seizure warrant was authorised and the suspect was arrested. He was granted bail of R5, 000 and re-appeared on October 15, 2017. Investigations are continuing,” he concluded.

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