Several Kenyan government websites including the Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS) portal were earlier today hacked by an Indonesian group calling itself W4r10k.
The hacker defaced and disabled access to services on the websites with a series of images and texts on the site breaking its functionality.
Other websites that were hacked include those of the National Youth Service, National Environment Trust Fund, Department of Petroleum, the Department of Planning, the National Development Implementation Technical Committee, Refugees Affairs Secretariat at Immigration, Kenya Meat Commission and the Lake Basin Development Authority.
Some of the websites have been restored while others are currently placed under maintenance by the ICT Authority pending restoration.
While the government of Kenya is yet to issue a statement on this attack, this is not the first time that government websites have been hit by hackers. In 2017, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) website was hacked by a group calling itself AnonPlus.
The current development has further cast doubts over the country’s preparedness on cyber attacks.
A 2018 report by IT firm Serianu found more than 90% of African businesses cannot adequately protect themselves against losses arising from cybercrime activities.
The African Cyber Security Report 2017 indicated that African businesses particular SME’s lack the skills, resources or funding to protect, detect and respond to cybersecurity threats.
Cybercrime costs the African continent US$3.5 billion in 2017 and has grown at least 20% with the list of cybercrime threats growing including mobile scams, sophisticated malware, and software and data breaches among others.