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Zim government websites brought down

2010-12-31 08:07

London - Cyber activists say they have brought down Zimbabwean government websites after the president's wife sued a newspaper for publishing a WikiLeaks cable linking her with illicit diamond trading.

President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace is suing a private newspaper for $15m for publishing details from US cables on WikiLeaks saying she gained "tremendous profits" from illicit diamonds.

The activists, acting under the name Anonymous, said in a statement on their website: "We are targeting Mugabe and his regime in the Zanu-PF who have outlawed the free press and threaten to sue anyone publishing WikiLeaks."

The Zimbabwean government web portal www.gta.gov.zw was unreachable on Thursday, while the Finance Ministry's website, www.zimtreasury.gov.zw, displayed a message saying it was under maintenance.

Anonymous previously shut down the sites of Visa and Mastercard after they restricted payments to WikiLeaks.

The WikiLeaks site has enraged the United States and affected its relations with some countries by publishing hundreds of leaked confidential cables from US diplomats. It says it has a total of a quarter of a million cables.

Its next data release early next year is widely expected to centre on Bank of America.

The WikiLeaks founder and editor in chief, Julian Assange, is on bail and under house arrest in Britain preparing to fight extradition to Sweden, where authorities want to question him about alleged sexual offences.

Comments
  • paulus.nel - 2010-12-31 08:23

    I thought Malema and the ANCYL have shut down the internet already?

      Robnob - 2010-12-31 08:29

      Somebody just unpluged Ju-Ju's PC and he believed the internet had been shutdown.

      scorpio - 2010-12-31 08:48

      @Robnob - I can actually imagine that LOL

      Natsumi - 2010-12-31 09:12

      @Ronbnob... Seriously that comment made my Friday.. I lol'd heartily much to the amusement of my co-workers.

      christine - 2010-12-31 09:35

      robnob- lol lol lol lol --nice to end a sad year for south africa and ALL it people with a laugh

      Francois - 2010-12-31 21:28

      Why does Inyesi Malema smile when there is lightning in the air? He thinks he is being photographed! On a more serious note - do you actually think they wanted to tell us that somebody in Zim know this thing called a "computer"?

  • paulus.nel - 2010-12-31 08:32

    I though Julius and the ANCYL have turned off the net?

      ArtGee - 2010-12-31 08:42

      Yep... the RECTUMS promised to SHUT DOWN TWITTER... ROFLMAO!! HAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!

      My News24@24.com - 2010-12-31 10:00

      To prove to ju-ju that Twitter is shut down, they handed him a small dead blue-bird on a plate...

  • Zinki - 2010-12-31 08:46

    Well done to the cyber activists! The Zim government is so corrupt and evil.

      pinkalert - 2010-12-31 09:30

      Totally agree with you there - think Bobs wife is evil to the core, she likes spending money and is always travelling abroad, while millions are suffering and starving - how can someone actually sleep at night knowing that children in her country are starving! Her name is Grace - should be DisGrace!!!1

  • Shaun - 2010-12-31 08:53

    Fan...Frekin...Tasic!!!!!!!

      pcpcoetzee89 - 2010-12-31 13:00

      Any harm to the evil regime of ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE IS WELCOMED! The bloody tyrant and despot - who amongst other murdered and maimed tens of thousands of his own people in cold blood and DESTROYED a country to ashes and rubble - will hopefully came to an end during 2011! The ghosts of the THOUSANDS of victims of the MATEBELE MASSACRES and GUKURAHUNDI atrocities are awaiting you ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE and your fellow butchers like PERENCE SHIRI, CIO members and 5 th BRIGADE members! The ghosts of your thousands and thousands of victims are PATIENT ... for your time of reconing IS NEAR!!

  • william.botha - 2010-12-31 08:55

    Transparency is the way foreword, even if the means to expose is illegal.

  • william.botha - 2010-12-31 09:00

    Julian Assange will become the Ernesto "Che" Guevara of the Cyber revolution.

  • scorpio - 2010-12-31 09:00

    You will get into more shit drinking and driving than Bob and his cronies - who are causing the most harm imaginable. And yet, the world just stands by and watches. What use are the Hague Commission and the UN when they just stand by and do nothing ? Honestly, I just can't believe that nothing gets done. If Zim had oil the Americans would have gone in guns blazing - but because Zim does'nt have much use to the Superpowers absolutely nothing gets done. Ongeloofluk ......

      christine - 2010-12-31 09:29

      i must agree with u --its unbelievable--it goes to prove that selective morality is the pleasure of all goverments --perhaps we need to acknowledge that ALL politicians are corrupt --as u say if there was oil their georgie porgie would have sent in the marines to ''free the world'' what a pity the day of the jackal is only in the movies--surely someone could go in and shoot bob and grace in the head --then we could truly say''the world is a better place --ongelooflik

      pinkalert - 2010-12-31 09:33

      @scorpio - we all agree with you there - the American are known as bullies - Zim has nothing really that they want - yet the Chinese see potential in that country (makes you think - America in downward spiral economically and Ouba cant get them out of it, the Chinese have had extreme growth economically)

      p123 - 2010-12-31 13:33

      ANC still support the evil ZANU-PF regime, thats the scary bit. And they call this UBUNTU - go figure...

  • WiseOwl2 - 2010-12-31 09:05

    Eisssh!!! these bloody agents are too clever - go out you imperialist!!

  • mikecolley - 2010-12-31 09:09

    This is what the ANC leaders are shit scared of, no wonder they want a curtail on the press freedom. We need more Julian Assange's in this world

      christine - 2010-12-31 09:33

      i agree--there should be NOTHING that our elected government needs to hide from the people that elected them go wikileakes--expose how corrupt all governments are

  • JimBean@24.com - 2010-12-31 09:48

    I love it !

  • Geo Farmer - 2010-12-31 11:44

    HEY MAN !!!!I like this.... Ordinary citizens bringing the CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS down. I'm sure these hackers can find a lot more dirt on Grace.

  • p123 - 2010-12-31 13:34

    My New Years wish is for someone to take Bob and Grace out!!!

      Francois - 2011-01-01 11:26

      Grootbaas Zuma takes them out for supper regularly. Racist Mbeki takes Bob out for reading lessons and then Gono takes Grace out to her farm.

  • Warp - 2010-12-31 17:09

    Why do a DDOS attack which temporarily affects a website. Rather hack the site and post propaganda. Slightly more effective.

      pawsaw - 2011-01-01 12:48

      I like this idea as well Warp! Know anyone who could arrange it? Why not cut off their e-mails to their families in the Far east as well?

  • BlackAfrican - 2011-01-02 13:56

    I am shocked by News24.com for allowing such rubbish on pipo in the name of race! Surely most of you are afraid to openly say your views because you know you will be in trouble. ONE MORE SLUR WE WILL JUST GET THE INFOR BILL ON THE WAY AND YOU RESORT TO YOUR COCAINE CONVERSATIONS! WHITES HAVE BEEN GIVEN A HAND OF RECONCILIATION WHAT DO THEY DO INSULT PIPO ONLINE N PRETEND TO BE FRIENDLY! Word of advice throw away the nonsense your grandfathers taught and be civil. why didn't you say anything about the USA? Morons its not your problem but silly minds!

      djg - 2011-01-02 18:45

      hey, which rock have u been hiding under? this is a free country arsehole and we'll say what we like

      Francois - 2011-01-03 08:55

      The reason why nothing is said about the USA in response to this article is that it is not about the USA. There are usually comments on the USA, but usually only when it is the topic of conversation. BlackAfrican can you unequivocally state that there was no human right abuses in Zim since 2002? Even the Zimbabweans say it. Give us the undisputed source and we will believe you. It is our problem, because we need to pay the taxes that keeps the people of South Africa fed through government grants. The leader of the country, president Jacob Zuma, said the Afrikaner is African. Do you not think it is a bit ironic that 16 years after the end of apartheid that evil is still used as scapegoat, but recent human rights abuses by Mugabe is seen as an insult. I think you want to choose the best of all worlds for yourself, but off course if you can provide proof that there were no human rights abuses in Zim since 2002, then all the whites will apologise and Racist Mbeki will be pleased.

  • djg - 2011-01-02 18:46

    Hey Francois......u think maybe Grace will meet "RIA" on the farm??

      Francois - 2011-01-03 08:58

      In my opinion, without prejudice, she is missing Cezanne Visser a bit. I don't know about "RIA" - maybe Gono meets maRIA as well.

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