Cyber Attack on Nile Dam foiled by Ethiopian Authorities

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An Egyptian hacking group has taken the claim of launching a cyber attack on a Nile Dam that could have not only triggered flash floods downstream but could have led to a total power blackout.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which generated power in February this year, was digitally attacked by a hacking group having the motto of “Black Pyramid War”.

Shumete Gizaw, the Director-General of the Ethiopian Information Network Security Agency, confirmed the news and added that the attack also disrupted the digital networks of some of the country’s critical financial institutions.

Cybersecurity Insiders have learned that the attack might have been launched by a group of cybercriminals from Egypt who were against certain policies taken by the government of Addis Ababa, the capital, and also the largest city in Ethiopia, Africa.

Unconfirmed sources report that the Blue Nile Dam, the first sovereign project of the country, could cause a water crisis in downstream countries like Egypt and Sudan. And so, to retaliate against the construction of the mega-dam, more such attacks are being planned to sabotage the idea of GERD on the whole.

Note- In the year 2020, Cyber Horus Group, in coordination with Anubis Hackers and Security By Passed, launched a cyberattack on the Information Network Security Agency of Ethiopia (INSA), the defense agency of the country. They were also involved in a cyberattack on a few of the Ethiopian financial institutions and GERD. But the INSA foiled all those previous attacks.

 

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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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