Gov’t sets cyber monitoring on high alert following world cyber attack

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By Ronald Owili

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The government has placed its cyber monitoring and surveillance instruments on high alert in the wake of prevailing malware attack that continues to cripple operations of various organizations worldwide.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says one case of the malware attack has so far been reported in Kenya from a local firm whose operations were hampered for three days.

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Over the weekend, a ransomware known as WannaCry spread at unprecedented rate, affecting more than 200,000 computers running on the windows operating system in 150 countries.

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This saw telcos, hospitals, schools and various organizations unable to conduct operations until a ransom paid through virtual currency, bitcoins was made.

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Kenya was not spared by the ransomware attack. Nonetheless, Mucheru says the government is taking appropriate measures as increased adoption of ICTs makes Kenya a favorite target for malware attacks.

WannCry which continues to spread through malicious email attachments and links is however yet to be contained.

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Kenyan banks have in the past lost more than 2 billion shillings to cyber criminals and the trend is set to rise since most local firms allocate meager resources to fight cybercrime.

Cyber security experts project that firms will in two years lose 2 trillion dollars annually to cybercriminals globally.

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