‘Moroccan Ghosts’ hackers target police website

2012-06-04 14:44

A notorious group of hackers have struck in South Africa, messing up the homepage of the police’s civilian secretariat’s website.

“Moroccan Ghosts”, described as militant hackers, put up one of its logos on the secretariat’s website, www.policesecretariat.gov.za.

The group is reported to have attacked sites in Egypt, Morocco, Spain and Israel.

The attack is not the first against a government entity.

City Press reported in April 2010 that the Auditor-General’s official website had been hacked by Ashiyane Digital Security Team.

The hackers left this message: “HACKED bY [Ashiyane Digital Security Team]” and “Greetz:All Ashiyane Members”.

The Auditor-General’s 2010/11 general report on national audit outcomes found that:

» 81% of the 37 audited national departments lack the security controls to stop unauthorised access to the IT networks that generate and prepare financial information;

» 92% of the departments lacked proper user access management procedures that would allow only authorised users to effect and approve transactions in their IT systems;

» 79% lacked IT governance policies and structures which would ensure their IT systems were in line with their business; and

» All the audited departments lacked the software and applications that would allow them to recover their data in case of a disaster.

Police ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said he would notify the secretariat’s officials about the attack.

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