The American Embassy in Ghana has been hacked according to sources. The embassy has for the past couple of days halted the issuance of visas to Ghanaians and attributed the malfunction to computer melt-down however, a source indicates, the systems at the embassy were breached digitally.
Artistes going for the June 27th, BET, students and thousands of others going to the states for the past couple of days have been turned away by the embassy with the excuse that their computers at the Cantonments premises are down and undergoing repairs. A statement released by the embassy states;
“The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologise for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.
“Passport applications accepted overseas or after May 26, 2015 are affected by this delay. If you applied for a U.S. passport overseas during this time frame and have travel plans within the next 10 business days, please consider requesting an emergency passport at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at which you originally applied”.
The technical problem has reportedly affected Australian pop duo ‘The Veronicas’, who have already had to cancel their US tour and Japanese heavy metal band Crossfaith’s tour is also under threat. The breakdown is believed to be related to the computers that approve the biometric data submitted with an application.
Officials at the embassy, however, stand by the statement that there is “no evidence” it was the result of a cyber-attack.