IOL confirms DDOS attack

2013-06-12 13:26
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Cape Town - Independent Newspapers has confirmed a report that it has come under a cyber attack.

The online division, IOL, was offline on Wednesday amid reports that it had sustained a DDOS attack for publishing an article in support of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

"The servers hosting IOL, among others, came under attack this morning from an anonymous attacker. We are working on the problem - Editor," IOL tweeted on Wednesday.

Independent Newspapers confirmed that speculation that the hacker group Anonymous Africa hacked the website.

"Just before the attack, a group calling themselves Anonymous Africa, with the Twitter handle @Zim4thewin, sent out this tweet: 'Please note everyone. Today #IOL will be attacked for ignoring the genocide against the Ndebele people and for supporting a dictator,'" the news organisation said on its Facebook page.

The company's e-mail systems and internet was disabled at 11:00 and the hackers apparently taunted IOL.

"Minutes later they wrote: '@IOL Tick tock 3 minutes left until the African spring tidal wave hits your corrupt mouthpiece.' The tweets then counted down to 11am, when they wrote: '@iol You are now tango down! for crimes against humanity!'

"Then came the taunt: "IOL bad boys bad boys what you ganna do, what you ganna do when they come for you,' quoting the Inner Circle song."

The attack though, has not affected the mobile site which was functioning normally on Wednesday.
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