Hackers associated with the Anonymous hacking collective have allegedly compromised a massive 1TB worth of data from a server from Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to protest against alleged child abuse, child labour and government corruption in Africa.
According to an article published yesterday – April 28 – in the International Business Times (IBTimes UK), the cyber-attack was launched as part of the group’s OpAfrica campaign.
“A slice of the data was posted to the dark web and viewed by IBTimes UK. The leaked files range in size and consist mainly of PDF and Docx formatted documents. The content does not appear to be damaging to the government department – instead featuring internal emails between officials, memos and annual reports…Some of the documents are titled: Request for Clearance – US Embassy, Office and Residential Addresses, Sports and Culture Achievements and Fraud Alert for Departing Diplomats,” states the article.
Among the leaked files is an internal report relating to a number of email security alerts that were issued after phishing attempts were uncovered targeting staff members. “Emails are being sent to some accounts by some people pretending to be ICT of the web administrator,” wrote Jeniffer Kaaria, head of the IT division in an email dated 4 August 2015.
Upon inspection, the data dump does not appear to contain any confidential information or sensitive government credentials, noted IBTimes UK.
After the information was leaked the Anonymous-affiliated hacktivists told HackRead: “We have 1TB of data but at the moment, we have leaked just one portion of it. In a few days you will receive full disclosure of the data – We the Anonymous will stand against corruption, child abuse, and child labour! The government of Kenya should have expected.”