MTN Uganda data centre raided; raid “mostly likely” about national security-Says UCC boss

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MTN Uganda, says security officers raided its data centre in Mutundwe, Kampala and disconnected four of its servers.
The telecom giant said in a July 3 letter to Uganda Communications Commission that it had “reported to police a case of illegal intrusion into the data centre and the disconnection of the four information servers.”

“Yes, yes I have seen on social media that letter. I don’t know who leaked it but I received it, yes. They were complaining that they were raided,” Godfrey Mutabazi told Reuters.
Mutabazi said UCC was in no way involved in the raid. “We didn’t sanction the operation; it was MTN who wrote to me about it,” he said, adding that this was “mostly likely” about national security. He told Chimpreports
‘’the involvement of the military points to a possible effort to obtain data on certain telephone calls under investigations’’ the online media house said.

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In the letter the company said men alleging to be from Internal Security Organisation (ISO had on July 2 also kidnapped an employee of its contractor, Moses Keefah Musasizi, a data manager for Huawei Uganda, who is responsible for access into the firm’s data centre.
In the letter, MTN said Mr Musasizi was abducted at 5pm local time and taken to the ISO head office in Nakasero. He was held there until 9pm when he was returned to the data centre and forced to give access to the security men. He was also ordered to disconnect the four servers, MTN adds.

“We are yet to determine the extent of interruption to our network activities and the financial impact. It is also possible that some data have been tempered with or illegally accessed and taken from the premise,” the letter reads.
“The intrusion into the data was properly captured by our closed circuit television (CCTV cameras),” MTN adds.
“This incident poses a serious security risk to our telecommunications infrastructure and customer data,” MTN said.

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