Sabahi (Washington, DC)

22 July 2014

Kenya: Hackers Compromise KDF, Chirchir Twitter Accounts

The Twitter accounts of Kenya Defence Force (KDF) and its spokesperson Major Emmanuel Chirchir were hacked a second time on Monday (July 21st), a few hours after Chirchir said they had regained control of the accounts.

A group using the Twitter handle @Anon_0x03 and claiming to be part of the global Anonymous group took control of the @MajorEChirchir and @kdfinfo accounts Sunday evening.

The hackers posted insulting remarks and criticised the government for corruption.

Police are searching for the people responsible, who they believe are "tech-savvy locals" and not the loose coalition of international hackers that make up Anonymous, Kenya's Capital FM reported.

KDF spokesman Bogita Ongeri said they were co-operating with police to apprehend the hackers.

The @kdfinfo account had 65,000 followers before it was hacked on Sunday. By Tuesday morning, it had more than 68,400 followers.

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