Between 2019 and 2022, eight Kenyan government entities allegedly came under attack from Chinese hackers.
According to Reuters' article on Wednesday, a three-year campaign of hacking attacks targeted eight Kenyan government agencies, including the presidential office and the National Intelligence Service.
"Chinese hackers targeted Kenya's government in a widespread, years-long series of digital intrusions against key ministries and state institutions, according to three sources, cyber security research reports and Reuters' own analysis of technical data related to the hacking," are reported by Reuters.
The analyst's materials state that Chinese cyber spies repeatedly and extensively hacked Kenya's counterterrorism center, defense, information, health, land, and interior ministries, among other organizations, as well as the president's office.
Early in July 2021, the intelligence analyst in the area delivered cyber security research papers that described how the hackers stealthily gained access to an email server used by Kenya's National Intelligence Service (NIS).
The victim's IP address did, however, belong to the NIS, according to Reuters, who said that it was able to authenticate this.
A report from the private defense contractor that Reuters examined also documented the incident.
Reuters also claimed that it was unable to definitively identify the purpose of the assaults or ascertain what data was stolen during the breaches. However, according to the study by the defense contractor, it's possible that Kenya's debt management plans were the purpose of the NIS hack.
"Kenya is currently feeling the pressure of these debt burdens...as many of the projects financed by Chinese loans are not generating enough income to pay for themselves yet," the report stated.
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