online http://ciencialili.org/libraries/cms/view/legacy.php geneva; font-size: small;”>“The other day, I was told that some people fighting for gay rights had hacked into the Office of Prime Minister’s (OPM) website. I told my son that oh, I have been hacked. My son said, ‘no daddy it was the system,” said Mbabazi.
“This website was attacked by pro gay protagonists from the ‘free democracy’ who are trying to block a private MP from exercising his constitutional duty to present a Bill to Parliament,” said Mbabazi.
He was rebuking the west for attempting to use underhand methods to frustrate Ndorwa West MP David Bahati’s Bill which seeks tough penalty for convicts of aggravated homosexuality.
Hackers last week posted a pro-gay message on the OPM’s website.
Mbabazi said government was investing heavily in protecting the country’s crucial internet infrastructure to block criminal elements from disrupting business and invading Ugandans’ privacy.
Speaking at the third annual ISACA Information Security Workshop held at Kampala Protea Hotel, Kampala on Thursday morning, under the theme Delivering Sustainable Business Growth Through Tangible Information Strategies, Mbabazi said investment in information technology was one of the methods of spurring national development.
Mbabazi said government would partner with the private sector, civil society and development partners to uphold information security systems and curb the rise in cyber attacks.
The Premier acknowledged that if government hesitated in expeditiously embracing national security programs, the country would be subjected to attacks by criminals thus leading to cyber warfare and terrorism.
Citing the Wikileaks saga in which tens of thousands of US government’s confidential cables were leaked, Mbabazi said government would take radical steps such as sharing information with “international law enforcement agencies to secure critical information infrastructure.”
Other measures would include facilitation of data protection mechanisms, enforcing Computer Misuse Act, enacting more laws, training highly skilled personnel in ICT, massive awareness campaigns and taking initiatives to help in building capacity to deal with ICT risks.
Earlier, ISACA Chapter president Ambrose Ruyooka said the advancement of technology use in Uganda had sparked a rise in cyber crimes.
He said ISACA was working closely with several government institutions such as Bank of Uganda, Auditor Generals’ office, Ministry of ICT among others to provide necessary security control systems.
State Minister for ICT Nyombi Tembo said government was hugely concerned by the rise in the hacking of its ministries’ websites.
“It’s a government priority to combat this criminality by providing tools to strengthen security of institutions’ information systems,” he said.
Nyombi maintained government would protect “citizens from attacks and undue interference” and had already, as a strategic intervention; taken steps to provide equipment and computers for emergency response teams.