Kuwaiti Arrested For Attempting To Hack Shopping System 20,000 times
Cyber crime officers in Kuwait arrested a Kuwaiti hacker working in a company specialized in programming systems after he attempted to hack the Ministry of Commerce’s system for booking of shopping appointments from cooperative societies and catering branches more than 20,000 times.
The source added coordination between the Ministry of Commerce and the cyber crime department led to the hacker, who was arrested after a warrant was obtained from the Public Prosecution to tap a number of suspicious phones, as well as some landline numbers.
The accused, who was caught in an apartment in Al Shaab Al Bahari area. Investigation officers identified the hacker, his residence and workplace, and he was caught as he was leaving the house for the permitted walking period during the current COVID-19 curfew.
The source said the man allegedly admitted that he had committed the offence and led the cyber crime officers to the hacking station at home.
The hacker also allegedly admitted that his goal was to try to obtain as much information as possible on the co-op shoppers for the creation of a large database for citizens and residents, their home addresses and phone numbers, for unidentified purposes.
The online service is for citizens and residents to book a shopping appointment during the curfew hours. It is provided by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.