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Anonymous Targets Employees of South African Government by Hacking Job Portal


This attack by Anonymous was the part of its latest iteration of #OpAfrica campaign, which they launched in the beginning of February after the hacking against Uganda and Rwanda.

The hackers are attempting to increase the awareness about series of events affecting Africans well-being, like corruption in government and about the existence of power of Western corporations in the states. However, most importantly, hackers are attempting to draw the attention of everyone towards flourishing use of child labor being practiced by foreign and local companies in South Africa.

53 government officials' credentials were found after leaked data scanning. Hackread posted on February 11th, 2016, stating that the information comprises of full names, their official email addresses as well as identification numbers. With the aim of proving the breach, the screenshots are also shared by Anonymous to show how the hackers were within the WordPress content management system of the job portal.

Since the local government has not taken care about the child labor issue during the past years, a warning was issued by members of Anonymous by hacking a South African local job portal, namely V-Report. The hackers examined all the information, and isolated just government employees to publish their data online.

The hacker told that: we by no means will hurt civilians or employment seekers, although governments and its officials are constantly under our radar. Thus, we choose to disclose a small part of their data. Even though, we had data of around 33,000+ employment seekers, we only prefer to publish data of government officers. Information of 54 government officials, who used their official email to enlist on V-Report, was disclosed by the group. The leaked data comprises of their name, ID number, and government email.

The data dumped contained government employees details working for the South African Parliament, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Public Works, Department of Labour, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, Department of Mineral Resources, Forestry and Fisheries, Department of Justice and Correctional Services, Social Security Agency, Department of Basic Education, Police Service, National Treasury, and Presidency's Office.

A year ago, contractor of South African Government and websites of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for OpMonsanto was also hacked by same group.

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