[kictanet] Security Situation in Kenya

Peter Wakaba peterwakaba at gmail.com
Mon Jun 23 12:07:18 EAT 2014


Huawei has been Safaricom's infrastrucutre partner since start up. Bear in
mind that Safaricom is also part owned by Vodafone, who are represented on
teh board and can voice any 'western concerns'.

Me thinks teh rest is smoke and mirrors.

Dont forget ZTE also chinese has been angling to get a piece of this pie.


On Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM, Ngigi Waithaka via kictanet <
kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Had a look at this post this morning
> http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000125730/kimaiyo-holds-crisis-meeting-with-kws-kfs-nys-bosses
> and IMO it vindicates my earlier position that the biggest issue to address
> in securing our country is lack of Logistics and a quick response team.
>
> The police are not known to have any serviceable helicopter, the last one
> being the one Prof Saitoti crashed in I think.
>
> So, maybe we ask Safaricom to buy & maintain helicopters instead? Might
> sound funny, but would have a much bigger impact.
>
> Rgds
>
>
> On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM, Ngigi Waithaka <ngigi at at.co.ke> wrote:
>
>> Ali,
>>
>> Tell them...
>>
>> Listers,
>>
>> Decided to do a bit of back-of-napkin math on cost proposal for counter
>> -terrorism as a little lunch exercise.
>>
>> If you were to hire the best 100 guys coming out of our Universities in
>> Computer Science, Maths & Electronics at say Ksh 250k / month each (Ksh 4M
>> / year) to join an elite hacking unit, comparable to NSA, you would do so
>> at a budget of Ksh 400M / Year. Put in another Ksh 400M for Operations and
>> Ksh 1B / Year would be enough to ran this Unit / Year.
>>
>> Go ahead and hire top consultants to teach our guys top-notch Network
>> building, configurations and maintenance and hire the top Huwaei guys here
>> on retainer. Lets say we give them Ksh 15M / Year each, being 10 guys, that
>> works out to Ksh 150M / year to hire consultants who can build and maintain
>> as we learn from them.
>>
>> Our guys would in short order build for you any network you could think
>> of using COTS Equipment and there would *not* be any electronic
>> communication targeting Kenyans that would be out of our reach and more
>> importantly we would be able to roll out and maintain our own security
>> network and perhaps sell our capabilities to Uganda, Ethiopia.
>>
>> So, Ksh 1.5B / Year you have a crack hacking and maintenance unit.
>>
>> How much for the communication equipment?
>> Lets just say you are using the high -end Motorola MC75A, comes at about
>> $2,000 a pop including encryption cards, meaning you can use the already
>> existing mobile networks while giving GoK Personnel their own VPN Channels.
>> If you were to buy one unit for every 2 cops (35,000) in the whole country,
>> you are looking at about Ksh 4B.
>>
>> It still beats me why we would want to build a 4G LTE Security Network
>> that will at most be used by 100,000 Personnel.
>>
>> CCTV, these ones should even be done by Youth Companies, but at Ksh 2,000
>> a pop, you could buy and install 100,000 of these at about Ksh 400M, put
>> another 600M to bring it to Ksh 1B of 100,000 CCTV Cameras installed
>>
>> So at an initial investment of:
>> Ksh 1.5B ->Crack Hacking Unit & Maintenance team
>> Ksh 4B -> Communication Equipment ( 1 in every two cops)
>> Ksh 1B -> 100,000 CCTV Equipment
>> Ksh 2B -> Other Equipment (Servers, Computer Equipment, Software)
>>
>> There is not a pin that would drop around here that we wouldn't know
>> about.
>>
>> From here, we would need a high - response crack team to tackle security
>> incidences across the country. Say 500 guys of our best commandos.
>> Again each getting Ksh 4M / year to keep them highly motivated, that's
>> Ksh 2.0B / Year.
>> Fighting Gear, each guy with Ksh 1M of fighting gear, that's Ksh 500M
>> CAPEX
>>
>> Now, the expensive part is how to get them there. Say you need to drop
>> 100 guys quickly, what do you need, Transport Helicopters, say you go for
>> the Boeing CH-47 Chinook, that's 25M USD a pop, carrying 50 guys each*,*
>> we get four of those, so thats 100M USD or Ksh 9B
>>
>> *. *
>> Get a few attack Helicopters, at say USD 20M a pop, say we get 10, that's
>> USD 200M thats approx Ksh 15B
>>
>> *.*
>> Now we got a team that can hit anywhere in this country at most an 30mins
>> - 1 hours notice
>>
>> *. *
>> How much for crack anti-terrorism uni
>> *t.*CAPEX: Ksh 30B
>> Per Year Operational Costs (Salaries + Equipment Maintenance): Ksh 5B /
>> year
>>
>> If you spread the CAPEX over 5 years, say as a loan, you are doing about
>> Ksh 6B / year for 5 years, which to this country is almost a rounding off
>> error seeing that Ministries are taking back hundreds of billions in unused
>> funds every year.
>>
>> With this, a Turkana herder (now former ngoroko) will be passing a lone
>> cow in Baragoi / Suguta Valley without so much as a second look at it,
>> knowing fire raining from above is just 30 mins away.
>>
>> So, how does my proposal compare to say the Safaricom Ksh 15B proposal to
>> put a security network in Nairobi & Mombasa?
>>
>> Jury is out there...
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 12:43 PM, Ali Hussein via kictanet <
>> kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>> Sitting ducks is what we are.
>>>
>>> The only solution to this is a homegrown industry able to ensure that
>>> National Interests are safeguarded. This starts from killing the culture in
>>> security tenders (and other sectors) where the catchphrase is:-
>>>
>>> 'You must have revenues of $100 million and above to qualify for this
>>> tender.' And other such clauses which are geared towards the size of the
>>> payoff to corrupt networks as opposed to the best solution.'
>>>
>>> *Ali Hussein*
>>>
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>>> "I fear the day technology will surpass human interaction. The world
>>> will have a generation of idiots".  ~ Albert Einstein
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPad
>>>
>>> On Jun 19, 2014, at 11:41 AM, Gichuki John Chuksjonia via kictanet <
>>> kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>
>>> US and UK C4ISR programs were the reason they were able to know of the
>>> attacks before hand and pull their people off Coast region. We know of
>>> the company Booz and Allen where Snowden used to work, and the hacks
>>> they did on Huawei equipments.
>>>
>>> On 6/19/14, Ngigi Waithaka via kictanet <kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> In Intelligence business, you trust no one!
>>>
>>>
>>> Every country does what is best for it's *own* interests. If putting
>>>
>>> backdoors in tech equipment is to the US / Chinese interests, they will
>>> do
>>>
>>> it and they have done it.
>>>
>>>
>>> The only you can avoid this, is either you manufacture your own equipment
>>>
>>> or on the very least assemble equipment from COTS for sensitive areas or
>>>
>>> you also get very adept at identifying & removing the backdoors.
>>>
>>>
>>> Rgds
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM, Mark Mwangi via kictanet <
>>>
>>> kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> So we now distrust the Chinese based on the information offered by the
>>>
>>> Americans who are running a worldwide spying program tapping just about
>>>
>>> everyone? Lets not even get started on the back-doors installed in
>>>
>>> equipment built by the Americans.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM, Matunda Nyanchama via kictanet <
>>>
>>> kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>  On this subject, it is curious that Safaricom's partner in the project
>>>
>>> is Chinese Telcom giant Huawei.
>>>
>>>
>>> Americans have reservations, apprehensive/suspicious Huwawei technology
>>>
>>> wrt spying. Here is an excerpt
>>>
>>>
>>> "U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers somewhat
>>>
>>> famously said <http://j.mp/ICrmay> last year that Huawei's products
>>>
>>> "cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose a
>>>
>>> security threat to the United States and to our systems." The committee
>>>
>>> also released a report that accused Huawei of all kinds of bad behavior
>>>
>>> including bribery, corruption, and immigration violations. Huawei, of
>>>
>>> course, denied the claims
>>>
>>> <
>>> http://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/newsroom/press-release/hw-194454-hpsci.htm
>>> >
>>>
>>> ."
>>>
>>>
>>> Full article Here.
>>>
>>> <
>>> http://gizmodo.com/accused-of-spying-huawei-ceo-says-company-is-exiting-1475628703
>>> >
>>>
>>>
>>>
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