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Sub-Saharan Africa Cyber Threat Modeling

This project detected, documented, and analyzed current and emerging cyber threats with a long term goal to mitigate their impact on users at risk in specific Sub-Saharan African countries especially around elections.

Specifically the project studied Ethiopia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe. Through a combination of technical and investigative means, the project examined models of attacks including both the means and tools employed for such attacks, appropriated strategies or tactics, such as blocking of website pages, phishing and other social engineering methods. Additional reports can be found here. The outputs also included a series of online posts.

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Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2017 $57,200 12 months
Internet Freedom Fund

Total Funding: $57,200

Addressed problems

  • Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
  • Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
  • Technical attacks against government critics, journalists, and/or human rights organizations (Cyberattacks)
  • Localized or nationwide communications shut down or throttling (Blackouts)
  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication

Objective(s)

  • Research

Beneficiaries

  • General public
  • Activists
  • Journalists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs
  • Academia

Countries

  • Cameroon
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • South Sudan
  • Zimbabwe

Technology attributes

  • Not applicable

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