British Cyber Attack disrupts entire telecom services in Liberia

A British hacker named Daniel Kaye is said to have executed a cyber attack on the entire telecommunication system in Liberia, a town in South Africa. This incident which happened in 2015 got highlighted last week when a South African phone company named Lonestar won a lawsuit against the perpetrator in the UK sending him to jail for two years and eight months and asking him to pay a penalty in millions.

According to a source from CNN, the 31-year old was hired by Lonestar’s rival company Cellcom to break into the network of the telecom services provider and disrupt the services of it for a few days. Its said that the hired hacker succeeded in conducting the activity resulting in a $600,000 loss for Lonestar to initiate remedial action.

Kaye admitted before the court that he carried out the crime in October 2015 using Mirai botnets and DDoS. Also, the young lad said in his statement that he launched a cyber attack on other telecom service providers since 2014 after receiving a tip-off from their competitors.

Readers of the Cybersecurity Insiders should also notify a fact over here that the same person was held responsible for carrying out cyber attacks on German-based Deutsche Telekom in retaliation to his extradition and arrest in 2017.

Mike Hewlett, the head of operations of Britain’s National Crime Agency said that Daniel Kaye was also involved in a number of cyber crimes which includes significant damage to a lot of related companies in Liberia and abroad, establishing the borderless threat of cyber attacks.

Kaye is now going to face a new allegation in the UK for cyber attacking the digital infrastructure of Barclays, Lloyds, and Halifax. So his jail term can be further extended along with the penalty.

Note- More trouble is waiting for Kaye as Germany wants the man to be extradited to its country to face computer misuse charges.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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