Kindiki Ministry Responds Comprehensively to China Hacking Report
The Ministry of Interior on Thursday, May 25, allayed any fears that critical government agencies were hacked by individuals from China seeking information over the ever-expanding debt.
In a statement signed by Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo, the Ministry maintained that there was no substantive evidence to show that the technological infrastructure of President William Ruto’s administration was hacked.
Further, the government expressed reservations about whether China could have hacked systems that were procured from the Asian Nation arguing that it could also not procure services of a third party to access data from the government.
The Kithure Kindiki ministry, therefore, asked Kenyans to treat the reports as propaganda.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki (left) and Interior Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo (right) in Nyeri County at a consultative forum dealing with the alcohol and substance abuse menace in Central Kenya on April 14, 2023.
Ministry of Interior
“The bulk of the critical networking infrastructure deployed by the Government of Kenya is sourced from the People’s Republic of China.
“It is reasonable, therefore, to contemplate that if the country of origin desired to infiltrate the same systems it has helped install, it would unlikely engage third-party hackers,” read the statement in part.
The statement was in response to a Reuters media report that claimed hackers from China targeted key Government installations in relation to the ballooning debt.
On the other hand, the PS acknowledge that hacking was a threat that every government all over the world faced.
In response, Omollo indicated that various security measures would continue to be undertaken to protect the technological systems of the government.
“Kenya is also enhancing its threat detection and mitigation systems and capacities. Through the National Computer and Cybercrimes Coordination Committee (NC4), the Government is also investing in a stronger and better coordinated cyber security regime,” read the statement in part.
Notably, the statement by the government came a day after the Embassy of China also addressed the news article by Reuters.
“China consistently and firmly opposes and combats cyber attacks and cyber theft in all forms. Tracing the source of cyber attacks is a complex technical issue. Moreover, it is a highly sensitive political issue to pin the label of cyber attack to a certain government without solid evidence,” China responded.
President William Ruto addressing Kenya Kwanza legislators at State House on May 23, 2023.