Kenya: Safaricom Foils Elaborate Attempt to Hack Company Systems

13 April 2017


Nairobi — Safaricom has foiled an elaborate cyber-crime fraud attempt to hack into its company systems. Safaricom's Risk Management unit detected the intrusion and immediately escalated the incident to the security agencies.

"Safaricom maintains a state-of-the-art information security system which easily triggers an alarm if a breach is detected. This matter is being treated with the seriousness it deserves with the suspects due to be arraigned in court. I wish to assure our customers that all their data is safe and we have no evidence of any money being removed from the system," said Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom.

One customer lost Sh266,000 through an unauthorised SIM Swap, however, proactive action saw them refunded immediately after the incident.

Due to the sensitivity of the matter, Collymore said that further details will be availed at a later date to avoid jeopardizing the ongoing investigations by the law enforcement agencies.

There has been an increase of cyber attacks in the recent past with the Kenya Revenue Authority security breach prominently highlighting new challenges facing organizations.

Collymore says Safaricom routinely and proactively implements preventative and detective controls around its information security on all its platforms.

The firm holds the globally acclaimed ISO 27001 Information Security Management System certification that confirms adherence and implementation of appropriate processes and controls relating to mobile data, mobile money services, cloud services, billing and customer support services.
Source: Capital FM