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80 pc of Kenyan websites vulnerable to cyber attacks

25 July 2012, 12:11

More than 80 per cent of Kenyan websites can be easily hacked since they operate on software whose security codes are available online for free, says an industry cyber report.

The report by Serianu — an IT security consulting firm — found that more than 80 per cent of local website are either built on open source software such as- Joomla, Apache and MySQL and their security settings not customised.

Unlike other proprietary software such as Microsoft or IBM programs whose codes are only available to the vendor and the client, open source software source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge.

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