The Star (Nairobi)

23 July 2014

Kenya: KDF Removes Twitter Account From Website

The Kenya Defence Forces has removed its @KDFInfo account from its website as it waits for Twitter to wrestle it from hackers calling themselves Anonymous Kenya.

The hackers took control of the account two days ago. KDF operations information officer Willy Wesonga yesterday said they had contacted the Communication Authority of Kenya and Twitter to help them disable the account and stop the hackers from abusing the handle.

"What was hacked into was the twitter account @KDFINFO and Major Emmanuel Chirchir's handles. No information was compromised. The Twitter account is used to convey information to the public," he said.

The hackers took control of Chirchir's and the KDF Twitter handles for a second day only hours after the government had announced that they had wrestled the hacked handle from #ANON_0X03.

The group had on Sunday night hacked into KDF liaison officer Chirchir's Twitter account. "Account hacked by the people for the people. And the people go," one tweet from the hackers says.

Another tweet says, "All of you who have stolen from #Kenya, we are coming after you. Whether you are Kenyan or not. A thief is a thief no matter your position." The hackers yesterday also claimed that they had hacked into several ministries including Immigration.

However, blogger Robert Alai yesterday said that such hacking can only happen when someone looses control of their email or domain or synchronisation through sabotage. "This is a case of key-logging, loss of control of email/domain, synchronisation, device in use, sabotage from within etc #hacking," he tweeted.

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