Treasury is the most up to the moment sufferer in a spate of hacking attacks aimed at authorities websites.
On Wednesday, News24 bought an alert from nameless Twitter user @VirusSec that Treasury may per chance per chance well be his most up to the moment plan. Moments later the authorities division’s web assign become as soon as inaccessible.
The notorious hacker has in the previous centered diverse authorities websites, including those of the Cybersecurity Hub, the Division of Environmental Affairs, the Presidency and the City of Tshwane.
The hacker appears to plot shut train with authorities’s relationship with China and its facing of animal welfare issues, particularly lions and rhino.
In a straight away message, @VirusSec urged News24 that he particularly centered Treasury’s assign in gentle of the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister following his testimony sooner than the commission of inquiry into sing plot shut.
Nene printed that he had met with the Gupta family no no longer up to six instances at their Saxonwold dwelling for the length of his tenure as deputy finance minister as neatly as for the length of the early phases of his first stint as head of Treasury. He become as soon as changed by broken-down Reserve Monetary institution governor Tito Mboweni on Tuesday.
“Now not sufficient is executed for the animals of South Africa,” @VirusSec said.
As an illustration, the hacker referred to the issuing of a permit to hunt Skye the lion in Mpumalanga on June 7.
The hacker said the hunt become as soon as “illegal” and that local authorities become as soon as complicit.
The assault would no longer be small to the accumulate assign, @VirusSec said.
“For the time being internal servers of treasury.gov.za [are] being attacked. Equivalent to e-mail and other servers…” he urged News24.
“[The] front page may per chance per chance well load every so often nevertheless or no longer it’s internally silly.”
In August, following the hacking of the Cybersecurity Hub’s web assign, @VirusSec said he become as soon as focused on authorities websites on myth of “the sizzling South African authorities is greedy, and it wants to swap”.
@VirusSec indicated that, though he had visited the nation, he become as soon as no longer South African. Nonetheless, he said, he knew many South Africans, including those who had left the nation.
“Folks narrate me that I don’t know what I’m talking about, nevertheless I had been in South Africa. I do know what or no longer it’s love,” @VirusSec urged News24.
@VirusSec claimed he had moreover hacked legit Taliban websites in the previous.
“Factual show cowl this, brother. Right here’s no longer the raze,” he said.
Treasury spokesperson Ntsakisi Ramunasi urged News24 she become as soon as no longer attentive to the assault.
“Our IT officials are reporting that the accumulate assign is working as expected. We now comprise moreover tried it and it is working neatly.”
The accumulate assign become as soon as live all all over again when tested by News24 workers at 14:00 on Wednesday.
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