Dahabshiil, the largest remittance company in East Africa has dismissed hackers’ claims that Dahabshiil is linked to terrorists organizations like Al Shabab in Southern Somalia. The company, which has large clients in Somaliland, Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya, Eritrea and Djibouti said that it has launched an investigation into the breach.

A group claiming to part of the Anonymous Hackactivist group compromised critical databases in Dahabshiil’s network posting private and sensitive information online. The group stated that they were targeting Dahabshiil due to it’s links with terrorism, an allegation Dahabshiil sharply dismissed.

Dahabshiil has promised to collaborate with relevant authorities in the probe.

SomalilandPress received this official statement from Dahabshiil headquarters in the Somaliland capital, Hargeisa.

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Following our initial investigation into the cyber-attack, we now believe that earlier reports attributing the action to a particular protest group were inaccurate and exaggerated.

Our investigation is still ongoing and we are therefore not yet in a position to verify the identity of those individuals behind the incident.

Naturally we will keep all customers fully updated. Safeguarding our customers is of paramount importance to Dahabshiil and we will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities to ensure that we identify those responsible.

Dahabshiil adheres to all industry standards in keeping confidential the details of its customers’ instructions and their unique transaction references. Furthermore, the company places the highest importance on its compliance procedures and has policies in place which are approved by the relevant authorities, including the FSA in the UK.

If customers have any questions, or require any further information, they should contact us on enquiries@dahabshiil.com.

See earlier statement here.

July 21, 2012