November 20, 2017

Kenya’s telecoms regulator hacked

Paul AdepojuJan 9, 20171min

Kenya’s version of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Communications Authority of Kenya was successfully targeted by hackers last week. TechCity gathered that the authority’s website was 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’s has however assumed control of its website and it said efforts are underway towards mitigating further incidences. The authority revealed that it did not suffer data theft during the hack.

Although this is the first telecoms regulator hack reported this year, it is not the first that such would be happening. Moreover, Kenya government and its agencies have been popular hacking targets. Local media said the latest development raise concerns about the safety of data held by Government as the government and its agencies continue to adopt e-government strategies.

Paul Adepoju

Paul ADEPOJU is a Nigerian freelance journalist, managing editor, blogger and published writer (3 books already). He has vast experience working with various media organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. He covers stories on various genres and for various audiences. He is the managing editor of HealthNewsNG.com which is Africa’s leading health news website; he also manages IBPulse.com, a city blog that focuses on happenings in his home town of Ibadan, southwest Nigeria. He has won several awards including Nigeria’s Vanguard Newspaper’s Young Nigerian Making The Difference award; a certificate of recognition from UNESCO and Goi Peace Institute in Japan; a finalist at the International Press Institute’s Young Nigerian Journalist of the Year award; and was the only African finalist in the NetImpact/FedEx Global Access Essay Competition.



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