Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS), Director General Brigadier Peter Magosi has revealed that they have finally found a lead on the ongoing investigations relating to the hacking of the intelligence organ’s system last year.
In an exclusive interview with this publication last week, Magosi revealed that the system hacking ordeal has not only been a major concern to the current administration but the public at large. He said such incidents may be taken lightly but will prove to be a major security threat in the near future. “It has got serious security implications and a serious breach of security not only of the DIS but that of the country as well,” Magosi said.
Magosi explained that a breach of security gradually affects the socio-economic, political and social stability of the country. He went on to reveal that they [DIS] have a very good idea of where this is coming from. “But you need to understand that investigations take time especially on such issues of national security. They can take two to five years. It is not time bound,” he said, adding that he can assure that they have something, but need to do things under the radar.
Magosi further explained that the motive of such an act was done out of selfishness and deceit. He said there will be enemies within and outside the country and that, “Enemies within will work for the interest of the players outside whose big interest is to harm this nation.” He pointed out that these perpetrators if not taken seriously, will sell the country for a plate of lunch.
“If as a nation we allow ourselves to sell our country for a plate of lunch it is niggling. What we see today is only the tip of the iceberg but below the surface is a bigger problem than just system hacking. Before we know it this country will be taken by those who take and go.” The Director General made it clear that the incident of system hacking did harm the country, stating that it is no longer business as usual. He stressed that this shouldn’t be taken lightly. “In any country if there are two centres of power it is a serious problem. Tribal lines divide and changes the whole setup of the country.”
Magosi stated that following the recent security threats and many that emerge now and then, the nation will never go back to what it used to be. He said Botswana is in a self-destruction mode and that by the time many come to senses with it, it will be too late. The DIS had its system hacked by unknown trespassers last year. It was believed that the leakage might have been exposed by the past administration in order to destabilize the current administration. The allegations indicated that this was an attempt to cause confusion with efforts to discredit the current administration and portray them as reckless and incompetent.
nts, their pay period, their gross income, total deductions from their salaries and place of operation were posted on local newspapers. Allegations have been widespread that some of the agents who for years have been close to former DIS boss Isaac Kgosi had not been pleased with the way he was fired by President Mokgweetsi Masisi early this year.â€¨â€¨The decision was perceived as an attack by the previous administration of President Lt Gen Ian Khama.
The hack resulted in confidential information leaked to the public. The DIS data detailing names of all agents, their identity cards, last and first names, bank names, bank accounts, pay period, their gross income, total deductions from their salaries and place operations were posted on local newspapers placing the nation’s security in jeopardy.
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