[AfrICANN-discuss] The world is moving gradually towards cyber war

Dr Eberhard W Lisse el at lisse.NA
Tue Oct 23 18:14:33 SAST 2012


On 2012-10-23 09:39 , Douglas Onyango wrote:
> El,
> On 22 October 2012 21:33, Dr Eberhard W Lisse <el at lisse.na> wrote:
>> What is there to attack in Africa?
> There is a lot --- start with the small easier targets like gov't
> websites built off vulnerable CMS'; some of these may not even be
> hosted in Africa, but when they are attacked, the damage is done --- a
> government's reputation is dented as with some other sophisticated
> attack
> Now to a more complex ones --- I know an African country that made
> national exam results available online and in the process
> inadvertently allowed access to their internal systems because they
> didn't follow basic webserver security guidelines.
> These two examples illustrate a loss in data and a damage in
> reputation ---- and serve to teach that there is alot to attack in
> Africa. Also given our laxity, we have become very easy targets for
> alot of hackers out there.
> Not all hope is lost though! I think like we walked passed the
> land-line era into mobile, our late adoption allows us to draw lessons
> from countries like Estonia, Iran and the US and embed this right from
> the design and implementation stages of getting our critical
> infrastructure on computers/networks
> Regards,

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