IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati Confesses to Hacking Attempts

  • The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, Wafula Chebukati, on Thursday confessed that hackers attempted to intrude the electoral body’s systems.

    Revealing the details before the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs committee, Mr Chebukati noted that the unknown individuals tried to steal data from the IEBC servers but were unsuccessful.

    "Attempts were made but our systems were not penetrated because of secure firewalls and other security systems," Chebukati revealed.

    The IEBC chairman stated that the commission detected the criminal activities last year.

    Chebukati’s confession comes days after the arrest of a dangerous cyber crime gang accused of attempting to hack the IEBC systems.

    Among those apprehended included a former police officer identified as Calvin Otieno Ogalo, who is said to be the mastermind of the dubious operations.

    Mr Ogalo allegedly hacked the electoral body's system during the 2013 General Election.

    The syndicate group is said to be working with Russian and American nationals to create codes to allow them access the IEBC data.

    Earlier reports indicated that detectives were investigating a top politician who had been spotted with members of the gang on several occasions.

    The officers also believe that the politician was in communication with the hackers and his phone records were being scrutinised to unravel his connection to the criminal group.

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