Anonymous Africa hacks SABC sites over violent protest footage “ban”

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“Hacktivist” group, Anonymous Africa launched an attack on the SABC, taking down most of its websites this afternoon.

The hack saw the public broadcaster’s main and news websites, as well as those of radio stations SAfm and 5FM, go down for a few hours and being restored at around 4pm.

This is the same group that hacked the ANC’s website in 2013.

According to the group, the motive behind the ban is what it calls censorship, due to the SABC doing away with the broadcasting of violent public protest footage on its news bulletins.

According to the group’s other tweets, this won’t be the last Hlaudi and co will be seeing of such hacks.

Judging by the responses to the hack, South Africans don’t feel sorry for the public broadcaster or its COO, who is the brains behind the alleged ban.

SABC spokesperson Kazier Kganyago, confirmed the attack to Fin24, saying that the public broadcaster will investigate would hack to catch out the culprits.

Kganyago also said SABC technicians were working on restoring all its websites, which confirms Anonymous Africa’s tweet about someone “trying to fix what was happening”.

“It is a serious matter that we are not taking lightly,” Kganyago said.

[Source – Twitter, image – SABC]