Technology

Ethiopia records 488 cyber attacks in 9 months


ADDIS ABABA, May 24– Ethiopia has recorded 488 cyber attacks in the last nine months of the current Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2018/19 that started on July 8, an Ethiopian official said on Friday.

In a press statement, Ethiopia Information Network Security Agency (INSA), the government body tasked with protecting the east African country’s cyber security, said it has recorded 488 cyber attacks in the last nine months of 2018/19.

INSA said the largest number of cyber attacks in Ethiopia, constituting around 40 percent of all cyber attacks, were targeted on websites, while the second largest number of cyber attacks targeted key infrastructure facilities.

INSA further said around 15 percent of cyber attacks during the last nine months of 2018/19, were cyber hacking attempts.

INSA, however, said most cyber attacks targeting Ethiopia were foiled before they could cause any significant harm.

Ethiopia is currently on a drive to upgrade its largely traditional basic services infrastructure and government bureaucracy, using cyber technology as a key component.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was previously head of INSA has since assuming office in April 2018, engaged on an ambitious drive to introduce cyber technology across all public and private sectors. – XINHUA