Liberia: Lonestar – Cyber-Attacks a Threat to National Security

Liberian Observer Monrovia
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Lonestar Cell MTN has disclosed an investment of over US$1.5 million to help counter the repeated wave of cyber-attacks on its network, while urging the Government of Liberia to « take strong interest in ensuring that the situation is handled, because the effect of the constant cyber-attacks could have far reaching consequences on national security and the economy. »

In a statement released over the weekend, the company said the repeated cyber-attacks in the form of Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) from hackers are meant to cripple the company’s operation and subsequently force them out of business.

« The attacks… targeted only Lonestar Cell MTN in the Liberian market and the West African Region [and] have caused intermittent service disruptions in the delivery of data and other services, » it said. « With support from MTN Group Security, Lonestar Cell MTN has managed to control the attacks. Hiring of an anti-cyber institution is part of our effort to find means of protecting our subscribers against this new form of malicious activity. »

This achievement, the release said, was made possible with massive support from several government functionaries, including the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), Ministry of Post and Telecommunication (MOPT), National Security Advisor to the President, and the Liberian Telecommunications Corporation (Libtelco), among others.

Additionally, the company called on the government to institute measures that would make it a criminal act for anyone to deliberately engage in these practices that are fast becoming global threats.

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