Anonymous Hackers Leak 1TB of Documents from Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Yesterday, Anonymous In Kenya, a division of the Anonymous hacker collective, leaked a trove of data from the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The files were uploaded online on the Dark Web on a server that also hosts data dumps from the Staminus data breach, the Turkish National Police Force data breach, and the FBI & DHS data dumps from this past winter.
No sensitive information included in the hack
The data dump contained 95 PDF and DOCX files, totaling around 1TB of information. The hackers didn’t leak any sensitive information such as employee personal details or access credentials.
At the time of writing, the Kenyan government has confirmed getting hacked, but said that none of the stolen documents were labeled as “secret.”
After opening and looking through all the files, Softpedia can confirm that there was no sensitive information available, but only normal documents and emails exchanged between the Ministry’s employees.
Some of the files contained delegation lists, strategic plans, official letters, contract renewals, clearance requests, periodic reports, document scans, manuals, and other files of the same variety.
More hacks to come as #OpAfrica stage two begins
The hackers claim the data dump is part of the second phase of the #OpAfrica campaign, which the group launched at the end of January.
In fact, most of the campaign has been on the back of the World Hacker Team, who’s been behind similar data dumps from governments and companies from Tanzania, South Africa, Niger, Uganda, and Rwanda. Other hacker groups that participated in the hacks include a group that uses the name LulzSec (not original group), which also hacked targets in Nigeria, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.
On #OpAfrica’s IRC channel, Anonymous also released a statement regarding their intentions. According to the group’s spokesperson, the hackers plan to hit other African countries as well.
The list includes Burundi, Togo, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Algeria.
According to a video posted on Vimeo this winter, #OpAfrica was started to fight against government corruption, child abuse, and child labor in African countries.
UPDATE: The article has been updated to attribute the data dump to the Anonymous In Kenya group.