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Explained: Beautiful Kenyan hacker breaks down how fraudsters are able to call through Safaricom’s official number


Kenyan hacker and coding expert Pauline gives Kenyans a brief lesson on the infamous “Caller ID Spoofing”

This week, a social media user shockingly revealed that fraudsters had now found a way of calling their victims disguised as official Safaricom customer care agents.

Following the tweet that quickly went viral, multiple Kenyans came out to confirm the claims. Over a period of time, many continued to give an account of their own experiences with the ever upgrading conmen.

The discussion would soon spur a debate as various “tech experts” argued on how such a massive breach could possibly be pulled off. This went on late into the night.

This endless debate that went on through the night prompted a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate to piece together a thread educating Kenyans on the newest con game in town.

The female hacker who doesn’t shy away from publicly flaunting her coding prowess broke down the entire concept of Caller ID Spoofing – the practice of causing the telephone network to indicate to the receiver of a call that the originator of the call is a station other than the true originating station.

Read the series of tweets below.

Here are some more reactions from Kenyans.




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