Members of the public, Diplomatic and Consular Corps informed that the Central Bank of The Gambia was hacked on November 10, 2022. The Gambia is one of several nations throughout the world that has been targeted several times by cyber criminals intent on blackmailing governments into paying the ransom.
The hackers claim to have stolen 2TB of sensitive data, including personal and sensitive information on bank management, customers, and employees. However, this has not been confirmed by official sources.
The Bank responded quickly to safeguard its systems, and an investigation was launched to ascertain the nature, source, and impact of the incident. One server was found to be affected, according to preliminary investigations, and it was quickly isolated from the bank’s network and a recovery process was set in motion. The mission-critical systems were all unaffected, and operations as usual proceeded uninterrupted.
The bank claims it secured its systems quickly and has started investigating the extent or the scope of the attack.
The Gambian government has informed the public that currently the bank is fully operational and national payment systems would be maintained in a stable state
“The authorities are keeping the matter under close monitoring and the public is at this moment reassured that the Bank is fully operational and will continue to ensure the stability of the national payment systems. There is, therefore, no need for panic.
Currently, there are a lot of vulnerability gaps in cyberspace of the Gambia. Government institutions and private companies need to take a proactive approach in dealing with cyber security issues. It is time for all organizations to undertake a security audit of their infrastructure and address any issues that are discovered.