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Presidency’s Website Invaded, No Information about Hacker


The Presidency's portal which reportedly got hacked and remained so for some part of Saturday, July 7, had been rectified same day when it again became operational. Although it wasn't possible to get The Presidency's comment immediately, Khusela Diko spokesperson however, said she was substantiating there was interference into the site, while investigation was ongoing by technicians.


In addition she said nothing was known about the person potentially behind the incident. Nevertheless according to her, on July 7, people attempting at visiting the website came across one black screen showing unusual imagery and messages.


Moreover, The Citizen attempted at reaching the website, but by then, the odd messages from the hackers were no longer there. The messages had connection with some disputed land within the west of Sahara, which is mostly desert with scanty population and located on Africa's northwest end.


Earlier, the place was under Spanish rule. Then during 1975, Morocco annexed it. From then on there's been an extended period of territorial row over its ownership between the Saharawi people under the leadership of the Polisario Front, and Morocco. Recently during January, a decision by the African Union was about the member states of the Union necessarily abandoning the Crans Montana Forum inside the Western Sahara region under occupancy. South Africa as well as Morocco, nevertheless, started afresh their diplomatic ties following over ten years after Morocco called back their ambassador deputed at Pretoria. Citizen.co.za posted this, July 7, 2018.


The hacking attack occurred at the time President Cyril Ramaphosa was visiting the place KwaZulu-Natal for starting off the Thuma Mina campaign of African National Congress.


Ms. Diko reported that there was no information with the government still as to who had orchestrated the hack or anything else regarding the matter. Becoming wary of the attack from sources, the government took offline the website. Thereafter, repair of the site was completed and restored on the Web.


Of late, Liberty a financial services firm went through the largest data hack like never before inside South Africa when it lost date sized 20 terabytes to 40 terabytes stored inside electronic mails and attachments.

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