, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 21 – The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and KDF Spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir’s Twitter accounts were hacked on Monday.
The accounts appear to have been hacked at around midnight with an @Anon_0x03 taking credit for the breach.
“So much poverty in Africa while you are wasting money in guns,” was one of the tweets sent out on the verified @kdfinfo account following the breach.
Major Chirchir’s account @MajorEChirchir was also used to tweet President Uhuru Kenyatta, “Hey @UKenyatta give me the weed!” at around 8.52am.
Major Chirchir has asked the public to ignore any postings on the timelines of the two accounts because they are posted by imposters.
— Kenya Defence Forces (@kdfinfo) July 21, 2014
It is not the first time government communications have been hacked with the Ministry of Transport website hacked on March 5.
Visitors to the www.transport.go.ke were greeted by an image that read “All Muslims are together, the CYBER WAR will be appeared all countries which not respecting Islam.”
Again in 2012 more than 100 Kenyan government websites were hacked by an Indonesian hacker.
But the problem is not exclusively Kenyan with Equador’s President Rafael Correa alleging again in March that his account was hacked, “and they sent false (tweets) with the usual outrages,” he said.
On April 23, 2013 there was panic after the Associated Press account was hacked and the following tweet sent out: “Breaking: Two explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.”