A majority of Kenyans are worried that cyberattacks will increase elections tampering and national security threats in future, according to a new survey. A study carried out by American-based Pew Research Centre showed 73 percent of Kenyans believe that sensitive national security information will be leaked from cyberattacks, while 72 percent said such attacks are a recipe for election interference. The research which was carried out in 26 countries globally, whose report was released over the weekend, also surveyed possibilities of cyberattacks on crucial public infrastructure such as power grids and telecommunication services.
Under this form of attack, 68 percent of Kenyans expressed a likelihood of damages to such infrastructure by hackers.
“There is general agreement across the 26 countries surveyed that all three forms of cyberattacks asked about are likely scenarios. Concerns about sensitive government information being hacked are especially widespread,” the report says.