Liberia’s Telecoms Authority.

Liberia’s telecoms authority has denied
reports that the country’s internet access
has been disrupted by a large-scale hack
attack.
Reports last week said that cyber-attacks
had repeatedly overwhelmed this link
making net access intermittent.
The authority said there was “no data to
substantiate” the claim.
But it said one telecommunications
company serving half the nation’s mobile
users did suffer attacks that repeatedly
limited access.
No downtime
Security experts who monitor networks of
hijacked devices used to carry out attacks,
called botnets, noticed last week that
Liberian net addresses were among targets
being deluged with data.
Media reports quoted network security
firms outside the country and telecoms staff
in Liberia who said internet access in the
country was affected.
The attacks were mounted using the
massive Mirai botnet that in late October
was used to cause the web-wide disruption
that left Reddit, Spotify, Twitter and other
popular sites hard to reach.
Jarsea Burphy, a spokewoman for the
Liberia Telecommunication Authority, said
monitoring systems on the nation’s internet
exchange point, where domestic traffic joins
the global network, showed no evidence
that the link had been overwhelmed.
The monitoring systems showed “no
downtime in the last three weeks” she told
the BBC.
Ms Burphy said a single local operator,
believed to be the Lonestar Cell mobile
network, had been subject to intermittent
web attacks that had affected its ability to
provide net access.
Lonestar, which has a 50% market share,
told news site All Africa that it had been hit
by so-called Distributed Denial of Service
attacks that sought to overwhelm its
network.
“We have continued to react and restore
service to each incident as it happens,” it
said.

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