Hackers continue to target government ministers

31 Jul 2018 14:30pm

More government officials continue to he hounded by cyber-criminals who are out to hoodwink unsuspecting citizens via fake promises and the latest casualty this week is finance minister Calle Schlettwein who has sounded alarm over a fake LinkedIn account floating in his name.

In a press statement circulated to the media yesterday afternoon, the minister warned that the account in circulation is purporting, soliciting and offering assistance to business people.

“You are strongly advised to ignore this misleading account and not to provide any details whatsoever,” said executive assistant to the minister, Essau Mbako.  

The account which bears the minister’s image starts by greetings before saying, “Glad to contact you via this social platform. We have an opportunity offer to some individual(s) to enable them to establish or finance their company if only you (are) interested and can be able to manage it.”

Recently, agriculture water and forestry minister Alpheus !Naruseb also got his Facebook account hacked.

The hacker was claiming to be the minister of agriculture, water and forestry and   circulated false information stating that the EU was offering loans to Africans through the Afri-Agro Loan Budget to eradicate poverty in Africa

The hacking also comes hot in the heels following a suspicion by some parliamentarians who received Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite tablets as gifts from Chinese-based Huawei company that their security and privacy might be compromised through the devices.