CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

21 July 2014

Kenya: KDF Twitter Accounts Hacked By #anonymous

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Twitter account - @kdfinfo - has been hacked by a hacker known as #Anonymous (@Anon_0*03).

The hackers got access to the KDF account as well as KDF Spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir - @MajorEChirchir - accounts and left a series of tweets which are misleading and abusive.

One of the tweets posted 9 hours ago states: "So much poverty in Africa while you are wasting money in guns."

The accounts might have been hacked over 9 hours ago, as that's when the first tweet was posted. However, Major Chirchir has asked Kenyans to ignore the tweets that have been posted on the two timelines as they are being posted by imposters.

The hackers also defaced a website of an agency of the Ministry of Environment. The National Environment Trust Fund (Netfund) website was restored Monday morning. NETFUND was established to mobilise funds for environmental management, capacity building, environmental awards and environmental publications.

With the Kenya Defence Forces having been deployed in Somalia since 2011 to hunt down the Al-Shabaab militants, any misleading information posted on KDF accounts might complicate issues for people who rely on these accounts for any official communication on the situation on the ground.

This however, is not the first time that government accounts have been hacked. The Kenya Police website has been brought down severally by hackers. A major attack was in 2012 where an Indonesian hacker known as Derexer, took down 103 government websites overnight. However, The government moved fast to take the affected websites offline through a Cyber Incidence Response Team (CIRT) based at the Communications Commission of Kenya. The CIRT was formed to handle such situations and ensures Kenya's security in cyber space.

With the launch of the Cyber Security Strategy Masterplan in May, we believe that levels of cybercrime will go down through securing the online space, not only for key players in the government but also for the citizens at large.

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