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In 12 months, INSA Foils Over 6,700 Cyberattacks on Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – More than 6,760 cyber attack attempts were made against Ethiopia in the past twelve months, the Information Network Security Administration (INSA) reports.

Almost all of them were thwarted without causing any damages, INSA’s director general Solomon Kassa said in a press briefing on Monday.

INSA’s 2022/23 fiscal year performance report reveals that the country experienced a total of 6,768 cyber attacks.

About 191 of them were able to cause threats, prompting the agency to take countermeasures. The response effectively neutralized 96% of the threats, Solomon said. The remaining few are being dealt with by cybersecurity experts.

Major targets

Like the previous year, financial institutions are still the major targets of cyber attacks. Security and intelligence, media, health, education, strategic government institutions, as well as ministries and regional offices were also the targets.
The type of cyberattack attempts involved targeting websites (2,554), malware (1‚295), infrastructure scan (603), DDOS (1493), hacking into networks (695), and others (145).

Their intentions were to cause to destruct infrastructures as well as disrupt service delivery. The Director General said INSA managed to foil these threats, preventing 23.2 billion Birr worth of damages, in the process.

Reducing risks

During the June-ended year, INSA took more preventive measures aimed at reducing the vulnerability of existing infrastructures and new iIT products entering the country.

The agency conducted a survey to assess the vulnerability of 123 public and private institutions’ infrastructure including network, mobile applications, and systems. Corrective steps were taken after the survey found the risk level of 652 infrastructures very high, 187 high, 273 medium, and 192 small, per INSA.

The agency also prevented 582 information technology products, identified as “dangerous” for national security, from being imported into the nation.

Solomon stated that INSA will continue to take similar measures to ensure the nation’s network security. This task, however, is “a shared responsibility” and requires collaborative efforts, emphasized the director general.

Institutions prone to cybercrimes were strongly advised to take precautionary steps in strengthening their network security.