KDF's Worst Nightmare off Battlefield
Kenya's front-men in protecting our boundaries suffered a serious breach today courtesy of a group of hackers going by the name Anonymous. Kenya Defence Forces, popularly KDF might be steps ahead in containing the Al-shabaab group in Somalia but the length with which hacker group @Anon_0x03 took control of their official twitter account @kdfinfo raises serious questions. The motive behind it remained unclear. Notably, Major Emmanuel Chirchir, KDF's protocol/liason head suffered the same fate.
The group describes itself as an international network of activists and hacktivists that operates on ideas rather than directives. Presidential Strategic Communication Unit(PSCU) might have restored both accounts but the victory was short-lived.
But hours later,
Going by the number of retweets and favorites the hacker's tweets got, it remained clear that they had quite a following behind their back. Most tweets sounded like a wake up call to the masses but some were offensive including the few posted on Major Chirchir's handle. However, they were mixed reactions with some not buying to what they were saying. #Anonymous also defaced The National Environment Trust Fund (Netfund) website, which is an agency of the Ministry of Environment and took Ministry of Immigration and Registration of Persons of Kenya site down.
It would be interesting to see if anyone would be brought to book or if Kenyan government institutions will up their game against cyber crime.