19 Kenyan firms hit by costly ransomware cyber attack
SEE ALSO :Britam unveils cyber risk cover“So far, the National KE_CIRT has received 19 reports of incidents where the WannaCrypt0r virus has infected networks and computers in Kenya. The Authority will continue working with stakeholders to mitigate the effects of such incidents while encouraging parties to put in place preventive measures,” said CA in a statement signed by Matano Ndaro, Director of Competition, Tariffs and Market Analysis. Since Friday May 12, an estimated 300,000 computers in about 300 countries have been infected. The attackers have reportedly been paid $80,000 (Sh8 million) as of Wednesday, worth of Bitcoin, a relatively low amount owing to factors such as difficulties in converting cash to the cryptocurrency. More attacks
SEE ALSO :Britam now unveils cyber risk coverSome victims have been heeding the call by law enforcement agencies not to pay the cyber criminals. Industry experts have in the past cautioned both private sector and Government agencies to increase investment in cyber security, considering the central role that networks are playing in the lives of Kenyans. “The Authority through the KE-CIRT will continue liaising with local and international stakeholders to prevent and manage incidents of this cyber threat,” Ndaro said.
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