Hackers pledge war against Hofmeyr

2015-01-07 00:00

HACKERS have targeted Steve Hofmeyr’s website.

The group, Anonymous Africa, tweeted on Friday: “You will be happy to know we are currently running miniop against the racist @steve_hofmeyr.”

On Saturday they updated with: “Protest against racist @steve_hofmeyr website still hitting hard. We will resume it tomorrow. With double the punch. Tweet dreams #Africa.”

The attack entails flooding the site with so much traffic that the servers cannot allow any visitors.

The hackers later told @webafrica, the host of Hofmeyr’s website, they could sleep easy, as the attack would stop in 30 minutes.

While Anonymous Africa said the attacks will continue with more intensity, Hofmeyr’s site did get visitors yesterday.

Legal hacker Jacques van Heerden said the group is likely to attack Hofmeyr’s as well as other sites again.

“If this group is in South Africa they can be prosecuted in terms of the Electronic Communicatons and Transactions Act,” Van Heerden said.

He recommended that Hofmeyr open a case with the police, although he admits the Afrikaans pop music singer will have a weak case, as he is not losing money through the cyber attack. “His website is not damaged.”

Anonymous Africa had in the past also attacked the ANC, the ANC Youth League and Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper.

Hofmeyr or his agent could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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