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The Electoral Commission of Ghana must beware of the clop ransomware attack as these saboteurs are focusing on cyber-attacks in the upcoming election. Ransomware is a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. While some simple ransomware may lock the system in a way which is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, more advanced malware uses a technique called cryptoviral extortion, in which it encrypts the victim’s files, making them inaccessible and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. Security Expert and Chief Executive Officer for the Africa Center for Intelligence Studies, Mr. Paul Coonley Boateng explained.

In an interview with the security expert he stated that they create confusion by manipulating the operating systems, similar incident took place in Germany. The saboteurs attacked a company’s software using the clop ransomware process and demanded for a huge sum of money about 23million us dollar but in Ghana what they plan doing is to distort our democracy.   

 As election is fast approaching, we must be careful since there are new software hackers who are using such software to disrupt the system of upcoming elections in most countries.

The security expert further advised the EC to be vigilant so their system is not hacked, since these saboteurs have planned to cause disturbances by taking over the operating systems, they could delete all the names or very important information’s from the EC system which may affect the delivery of the final results and demand money in return before giving it back but if the EC is not able to afford it, the saboteurs will keep the information and this could cause agitations from voters.

We are cautioning EC and the nation as a whole to be prudent and protect the system so these people will not create problems, we have provided details to various institutions but we still want people to be aware and know what they can do to help themselves yet we are certain EC has measures put in place to curtail such cyber-attacks. He added.  

Mr. Paul Coonley Boateng further explained that whatever happens at the polling station should be written down for proper record keeping so when transmission is done, they will also check for transparency because any alteration can be done  during the transition period thus from polling station to a collation center.

He stated emphatically that there is no free and fair election so whoever is involved is supposed to be vigilant. “Everyone wants to steal the election, but the one who can outsmart the system better will win” that notwithstanding everybody should respect the laws of the country and think about the nation first for a peaceful election this 7th Dec 2020.

Written by Gadrey Philomena/

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