Saturday, February 11, 2012

Online Security in Kenya needs to be mainstreamed

Today's(last night's) hacking of the Toyota Kenya website as evidenced by Moses Kemibaro's screenshot - - should serve as a wake up call to CxOs and any organization that has a web presence or online resources.

Especially as it comes hardly 2 weeks after the shameful hacking of over 103 government websites by an amateur Indonesian techie. In this particular case it turns out that all 103 sites were hosted on the same physical server - a malpractice, as far as web-hosting and system administration goes. It is clear that the increase in online threats and cyber-security issues has a lot to do with Kenya's improved connectivity to the global Internet - with 3 submarine fiber optic cables opening the country and sub-region to cyber-criminals and pranksters alike.

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