The National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ANTIC) has handled more than 9,000 cases of cyberattacks relating to financial scams or attempted scams, hacking of user accounts on social networks in 2021. The figure was reported last week by the ministry of posts and telecoms.
The cases also concern the hacking of some companies’ messaging systems, the impersonation of some individuals and senior government officials, cyber blackmail. As a reminder, the cyber surveillance initiated by the Agency led to the detection of 6 cases of malicious content publication, the closure of 561 fake accounts out of 1,272, and the identification of about 300,000 vulnerabilities on the websites of government departments and companies.
Created in 2012, Antic is a government agency for the promotion and monitoring of government action on information and communication technologies (ICT). This agency regulates, controls and monitors activities related to the security of information systems and electronic communications networks as well as electronic certification, in collaboration with the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART). In 2021, Antic operated with a budget of more than CFA11 billion.