Kenya defence Twitter account hacked

NAIROBI - The Twitter accounts of the Kenyan defence forces and its spokesman have been hacked by activists protesting about corruption.

"All of you who have stolen money #Kenya, we are coming after you," reads one post.

The hacked posts were signed as being from activist group Anonymous.

Kenyan military spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir often uses Twitter to give updates of the war against Somalia's al-Shabab militant group.

The hackers criticised the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying it only protected the interests of the elite and was not doing enough to tackle poachers and drugs traffickers.

Last year, a group called Anonymous Africa hacked into the account of Zimbabwe's defence ministry, and targeted the website of South Africa's governing African National Congress.

Anonymous, a loosely-knit group, has been involved in a number of high-profile online protests and attacks in recent years.

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