Software vulnerability led to Ghana govt site hack

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

A software vulnerability and failure on the part of some administrators to update their software to the current version led to the hacking of some websites on the government of Ghana’s official portal, according to the Acting Manager in charge of the Computer Emergency Response Team, Mr. Eric Akumiah

Meanwhile the Computer Emergency Response Team the cyber security wing of the Ministry of Communication is expected to present its findings on the hacking of the government of Ghana’s official website to the Minister of Communication Dr Edward Omane Boamah later this week.

The official portal of the government of Ghana, which hosts 58 websites of ministries, departments and agencies, was hacked and replaced with a statement on a picture which read “On us, the sword withdrawal of our homeland, unless entered, unless long suffering nation, unless anyone of us does damage to our homeland against our religion a bad idea to have all of the countries of virtual war will be opened in the Turks and tested my patience.”

Out of the 58, only 11 websites belonging to ministries and agencies were affected, but due to the tireless efforts of staff from the Computer Emergency Response Unit of the Ministry of Communication, those sites were restored the next day - Thursday.

Reports indicate that this was the second time in three years that hackers have taken over the government website. This unfortunate development in the country has raised many questions with regards to the safety of Ghana’s cyber space. 

The Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Nesrin Bayazit, after a closed door meeting with the Vice President, Mr Kwesi Amissah Arthur at the Flagstaff House on Friday, called for close collaboration between Ghana and Turkey in the fight against cyber crime. She said a cyber response team from Turkey was willing to work with their Ghanaian counterparts to expose the culprits.

 

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