According to reports by AllAfrica, Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya Website was yesterday hacked into by Anonplus, which is part of Anonymous hacker Group. Anonymous defines Anonplus as a “new social network where there is no fear…of censorship…of blackout…nor of holding back.” Anonplus has the goal of creating a decentralized and secure social network where the privacy of the users is valued.
The CA website however, has since been restored and a source from the regulator said that they were working towards mitigating further incidences. He further stated that no data was stolen during the incident.
Not only in Kenya has this happened, we have probably heard of other incidents where these Government and Government Agencies websites are hacked. Last year on December 8th, hackers targeted the Ghana’s Electoral Commission (GEC) website, taking it offline a day after presidential polls in the West African nation. However, GEC in it’s reports said it deplored the attempt hack on its website.
As Uganda was closing in to New Year, it’s Ministry of Finance website was believed to have been hacked into by an entity calling itself nofawkX-al.
According to an online news-media platform, ChimpReports who broke out the news;
The hacker in a statement posted on the Ministry of Finance website claiming that, “Corrupt Governments Leads to Global Issues. Corruption is both a major cause and a result of poverty around the world.”
— ChimpReports (@ChimpReports) December 30, 2016
This raises the question about the safety of data held by Government as the government and its agencies continue to adopt e-government strategies.