May 27, 2022

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Ethiopia ‘foils’ cyber-attack on Nile dam, financial institutions

Ethiopian authorities said on Tuesday they had halted international cyber-attack attempts targeting the massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the country’s main financial institutions.

“The failed cyber-attacks include attempts to prevent the work of GERD by targeting 37,000 interconnected computers used by financial institutions,” said Shumete Gizaw, the director-general of the Ethiopian Information Network Security Agency (INSA).

He spoke to state-run local media on Tuesday.

Mr Shumete claimed that an organization sponsored by countries that “envy Ethiopia’s peace and development efforts” is countering cyberwar under the slogan “Black Pyramid War.” Addis Ababa.

However, he did not disclose the sponsoring countries involved, nor the organization or its headquarters.

Addis Ababa had previously targeted hackers based in Egypt accused of attempting to hack into computer systems in Ethiopia. Egypt has been vocal in its opposition to the dam, arguing that since it will be built on the main source of water for Cairo, an agreement is needed on how the structure will be filled and operated. But Ethiopia has insisted that the water is primarily a sovereign project and that downstream countries Sudan and Egypt will not be harmed by the mega dam project.

He warned that cyber Attacks against GERD may increase in the future and that concerted cyber security will be implemented to protect both the construction and management of the mega dam works.

“The cyber attacks on financial institutions are having a devastating impact had if the attack attempts had been successful,” he added.

It is not clear which Ethiopian financial institutions were targeted during the cyberattacks.

However, Mr. Shumete advised all financial institutions to conduct thorough Take defensive measures to protect sensitive data from cyberattacks.

INSA, the country’s top intelligence agency, says it foiled more than 3,400 attempted cyberattacks in t It lasted six months.

< p>In 2020, INSA said it successfully thwarted cyber attacks from Egypt.

The agency said that Egypt-based hackers – Cyber_Horus Group, AnuBis. Hackers and Security By Passed – orchestrated the then foiled cyber attacks.

“These groups have claimed responsibility for the attacks with the intention of putting all-round pressure on Ethiopia regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). , especially to stop the filling of the dam,” INSA said in a statement in 2020.

In the face of escalating cyber attacks on Ethiopia, the Horn of Africa nation hosted a meeting of East African military intelligence agencies last month.

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The meeting in Addis Ababa in mid-April was attended by Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda.

During the meeting, military intelligence agreed to work together to improve security in of the region and defend against attacks, including cyberattacks.