Kenya Power system has allegedly been hacked by a group Sudanese nationals which has been involved in bringing down critical government websites over the past three days.
Anonymous Sudan citizen claimed responsibility for the successful hacking of Kenya Power’s systems, causing disruptions to major services.
Kenya Power officials, however, refuted the claims of their system being hacked. Despite their denial, independent confirmation indicated that the utility’s electricity tokens system was down.
Attempts to purchase tokens resulted in a message stating that the organization’s system experienced technical challenges.
“Transaction failed, M-PESA cannot complete payment of Ksh100.00 to KPLC PREPAID. The Organization’s system receiving the payment experienced some technical challenges, try again later,” read the message while trying to purchase tokens.
Similar attacks have been witnessed on other critical infrastructure in the past.
The hacker group proudly claimed responsibility for the attack on their Telegram channel.
Meanwhile, Owalo assured the public about the recent cyber attacks from the Sudanese hacker group and emphasized that no data had been compromised in government institutions and services, including the eCitizen portal.
“We acknowledge that there was an attack, and we are taking steps to address it comprehensively. Our approach is not just to implement short-term fixes for the current situation, but to establish a robust risk mitigation framework for sustainable digitalization,” Owalo stated.
The hackers’ strategy involved flooding the website with an excessive number of unusual requests, which caused the system to slow down. However, the authorities managed to handle the situation promptly and prevent any data breaches.