Ministry says hacker attack detected
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) said on Monday it had detected that hackers attacked the Centralised Data Network (CDN) and modified one of the files a of the Afghanistan National Data Centre (ANDC).
“We came across suspicious activity on last Friday. We realised one of the files had been modified, however we couldn't trace right away what file was modified,” the MCIT said in a statement.
The statement said that the MCIT had to realize that “we are going through a Cyber-War-Fare era, and a latest example of such ware fare is the Cyber Attack on the Sony Pictures systems in late November 2014. Despite millions of investments in such those systems yet the hackers managed to target them and damage the operations.
In the last 4-5 years, the ANDC has been under various failed attacks and have managed to overcome them without any damage to the systems, it added.
“We believe that the linkage of this particular attack on the .GOV.AF websites to China could have a political motive. But this is not yet obvious as we still need to gather loads of data to find out the actual intention behind it,” it noted.
It said that there were daily hacking attempts on various governmental and/or corporate websites across the world and the MCIT was taking affordable measures to minimize the threats.
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