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Government moves in to combat cyber crimes

30 July 2014, 10:02 Mike Munga

Nairobi - The government is planning to put all government websites under one centre in order to fight  cyber crimes from one angle.

In an interview with media during the opening of E-learning exposition at a Nairobi hotel Tuesday, the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) Director General Francis Wangusi said that every Ministry has been in charge of the security of their websites, which is quite expensive, and in the process many hackers have taken advantage and accessed government information.

He said that government data must pass through the same server so that they can ascertain which information is right and which is wrong.

Wangusi revealed that the move will enable the government to know who is accessing the websites unlike currently where everybody has access.

“This is the surest way of fighting cyber crimes at the moment,” asserted Wangusi.

He noted that Kenyan twitter accounts have not been acknowledged by the main twitter operator in the US, saying when such accounts are hacked the operator is not able to ascertain whether they are genuine.

He urged all twitter handlers in Kenya to make sure they are connected with the main servers so so as to protect themselves from hackers.

Wangusi also said the government is working with Kenya Network Education Trust (KENET) to connect all colleges and schools with the internet to enable them share information across the networks when learning, and disclosed that the government has rolled out the fiber network to all the 47 counties.

This comes days after the hacking of the KDF and Deputy President William Ruto’s twitter accounts, something that interrupting the normal running of government offices.

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