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Anonymous Hackers Syndicate Defaces Huge Number of Websites of Gabon Government

According to recent news, an extensive hacking assault occurred inside West Africa's Gabon region. It is also known that the hackers' group named Anonymous declared its direct involvement in the attack levied against a large number of Gabon government portals as one protest and reaction to the Gabon governance while criticizing President
Ali Bongo's dictatorial rule in the country.

 

Reportedly, Anonymous claimed responsibility of the gigantic hacking spree 27th October, 2018. The attack defaced a huge 72 websites of Gabon government even as they experienced Distributed Denial-of-Service assaults from the hackers' syndicate. Following the assault the different portals and websites were disconnected from the Internet, with numerous still not reachable.

 

News about the hack emerged on the Web following a twitter message from an alleged hacktivist of Anonymous alternatively revelation from some related A/C.

 

The twitter message as well revealed the names of all those websites the group had compromised. According to the claim, each and every website with the extension gouv.ga as well as their separate e-mail systems had been deactivated. Those websites were 72 in number which had a common server hosting them, but all now offline. A few are prominent web-links, notably Gabon government's official site and the ministries of civil service and communications sites. Nevertheless, there had been no harm to the Presidency website of Gabon which's still active while kept functioning as normal. Interestingly, each of the critical online sites belonging to the government which received support from the common impacted server didn't have HTTPS, whilst the non impacted Presidency portal had protection via HTTPS.

 

Anonymous' existence dates back to 2003 since when it has claimed executing many similar attacks. When iAfrikan once interviewed the group it said it hacked for making protests only. The group described itself as certain kind of protest syndicate while it had received invitations from other groups for invading other networks; however, it chose simply carrying out protests of flash mob fashion. Its protests weren't for causing permanent destruction.


Anonymous' motivation was best described as giving voice for those not heard, and responding to unanswered abuses like racism and corruption, the group said.

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