Ghanaian government officials say IT experts have regained control of all the official government portals, which were hacked on Wednesday. A Deputy Communications Minister, Ato Sarpong made this known a radio program in the capital Accra. Mr. Sarpong said government geeks are 90 percent through restoring the various websites. “I can confirm that yes, we have regained control of our sites. We had to pull the web server down ourselves and as a result of that, all sites that are linked to the web server will be down,” he said.
Early on Wednesday, about 10 government agency websites including the official government of Ghana website were attacked by unknown hackers. Their motive is still unknown but some analysts have tried to link the incident to President John Mahama’s announcement that ECOWAS is putting up a force to combat Islamist insurgents Boko Haram in Nigeria.
The affected websites belong to the Ministries of Communication, Local Government, Trade, Foreign Affairs, Tourism and Water Resources Works and Housing. Others are; the Ghana Navy, the Scholarship Secretariat, Restored Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA).
The Deputy Minister indicated that Government has tasked the IT team with ensuring the attacks do not reoccur. He said the team has been asked to ensure that “a lot more checks are carried out to ensure that the necessary protocols required to safeguard the site and avoid any breaches are in place.”
He however assured Ghanaians that Government has fully regained control of all the websites. “I can confirm that we are in control of our sites” he said.