Well we have always questioned why hackers hack, and the thin line between hackers and crackers.
We can now easily distinguish the two by motive, the white hat hackers and the black hat hackers!
The later has been synonymous with both targeted and untargeted types of attacks, while most young Turks simply hack to prove that they can, some are driven by a political, scientific or social agenda!
Lately the Herald website was hit, (for some few minutes though) the ministry of defense too was defaced by a group calling itself anonymous Africa.
We found this interview by IT Webafrica interesting and worth reading to you all our readers:
A hacker group that calls itself Anonymous Africa has
gone on a cyber attack spree this week, targeting
Zimbabwean and South African websites of political
and media organisations. The group has targeted the
Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zanu-PF,
with cyber attacks that briefly took
down the party’s website. Today, Anonymous Africa claimed to have hit the African National Congress (ANC) with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, in
which a multitude of compromised
systems attack a single target, causing denial of service for users of the targeted
system. The ANC, in turn, has told ITWeb Africa that its servers have been ‘flooded’ by requests and that the party
subsequently took its website down in a bid to solve the
problem. Media organisations such as South African news portal
IOL and Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald have also this week had their websites targeted by Anonymous
Africa, which accuses these media outlets of supporting
President Robert Mugabe’s rule in Zimbabwe’s.
The attack on the IOL website followed an opinion
piece that was published by The Sunday Independent, in which the author came out in support of Zimbabwean
president Robert Mugabe. But IOL, in turn, said that it
has a right in South Africa to publish a plurality of
views. All of these attacks have come as Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe has announced that elections are to take
place in that country on July 31 this year – an
announcement that has been rejected by opposition
party the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
But who is Anonymous Africa? ITWeb Africa correspondent Tefo Mohapi has
interviewed the group behind this week’s cyber attacks
on the continent to find out more.
Tefo Mohapi: Are you linked to the rest of the Anonymous movement?
Anonymous Africa: In ways we are, in others we are not. Each anonymous group has its own cause.
sometimes our causes come together
Tefo Mohapi: What is the composition (membership) of the Anonymous Africa movement (i.e. demographic,
Anonymous Africa: We can not say.
Tefo Mohapi: The main motivation, why?
Anonymous Africa: To get people talking about African corruption and the slaughter of 20 000 Ndebele
at the hands of Mugabe.
Tefo Mohapi: Timing of attacks, why now?
Anonymous Africa: We saw that piece on IOL glorifying mugabe, after he has gutted Zimbabwe it set a
group of us off, we had to let people know the real
Mugabe and to not let him rewrite history.
Tefo Mohapi: Also, it is interesting to note the Zimbabwe attacks given upcoming elections, any links
Anonymous Africa: None at all, terrible choices in those elections.
Tefo Mohapi: Any political links / motivations?
Anonymous Africa: We are pro democracy, anti corruption.
Tefo Mohapi: Will your attacks stop at “protest” type attacks e.g. limited period DDoS attacks or will they
extend to something like information leaks?
Anonymous Africa: We can not discuss future ops, but right now they are protests, we do not want to do
permanent damage, just get our voices heard
Tefo Mohapi: Any planned future attacks?
Anonymous Africa: Yes, Swaziland is next.
Tefo Mohapi: Would you attack other political parties e.g. Democratic Alliance in SA and MDC in Zimbabwe
should their corrupt activities be made known?
Anonymous Africa: If the DA are involved with corruption and supporting mugabe we would target
them in an instant, there is no indication of that.