Cyberattacks on Ethiopia increasing rapidly

People are seen near the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Headquarters in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Feb. 13, 2022. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Monday inaugurated the new state-of-the-art skyscraper headquarters of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) built by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC). (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)
(Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

Ethiopia recorded about 6,000 cyberattacks in the first 11 months of the current Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2021/2022, which started on July 8, an Ethiopian official has said.

Solomon Soka, the deputy director-general of Ethiopia Information Security Agency (INSA), said his agency managed to foil more than 97 percent of the cyberattack attempts, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reported Thursday.

The East African country has witnessed a rapid spike in the number of cyberattack attempts in recent years.

According to figures from INSA, the number of cyberattacks targeting Ethiopia jumped from less than 1,000 three years ago, when the East African country reported 790 cyberattack attempts during the Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2018/2019. The number of cyberattack attempts targeting Ethiopia rose to 2,900 last fiscal year.

Ethiopia is upgrading its largely traditional basic services infrastructure and government bureaucracy, using cyber technology as a key component.

Since assuming office in April 2018, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was previously head of INSA, has engaged in an ambitious drive to introduce cyber technology across all public and private sectors. Enditem

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