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Wed Aug 31 02:30:29 CAT 2016

South Africa next on Anonymous anti-corruption hacking list

Times LIVE | 09 February, 2016 11:45
Demonstrators wearing Anonymous masks.
Image by: STEFANO RELLANDINI / REUTERS

Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Sudan and South Sudan, and Ethiopia.

According to My Broadband, these are the seven nations that the hacker collective Anonymous plans to target as it sets its sights on corrupt African governments.

Anonymous is planning to focus on issues regarding children's rights - listing the following issues:

  • 48 million children in the workforce in Sub-Saharan Africa; 13.4 million in North Africa and the Middle East
  • 41% of children on the continent work — highest in the world
  • 30% of African children between 10 and 14 are agricultural workers
  • Estimated 400,000 child workers in Rwanda, 120,000 in the ‘worst forms of child labour’
  • 40% of child prostitutes in Rwanda had lost both of their parents, 94% lived in extreme poverty and 41% had never been to school
  • 4,600 children are estimated to be working in small-scale mining in Tanzania
  • 1.9 million children aged 5 – 17 in Kenya are working. 3.2% of those have gone to secondary school
  • 5 million children estimated to work in Zimbabwe
  • In West Africa, 35,000 children are involved in sexual exploitation

"The governing bodies of Africa have allowed these atrocities [to] go on, making children go without proper education or healthcare, leaving their country in a position for further economic stunting and a lower quality of life for their people. As long as this corruption occurs, the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. OpNigeria has done a wonderful job tackling the corruption within their country, and now we shall begin collaborating from around the world for the betterment of the African continent," the collective said in its statement.

Two down

So far Rwanda and Uganda have already been hacked, according to Softpedia.

In Rwanda the collective apparently hacked the Broadband Systems Corporation (BSC).

BSC provides video conferencing software to Rwanda's local government - and the breach hit the company's email accounts and ticketing system - giving them access to a lot of sensitive information.

Uganda's Ministry of Finance was hacked by Hanom1960, breaching its database.

"This database contained the details of 220 government employees, including stuff like their real names, emails, phone numbers, usernames, user level, and MD5 hashed passwords," Softpedia reports.

South Africa

With regards to South Africa, they may well end up targeting something to do with agriculture, as their statement praises the work of Operation Green Rights.

"They are fighting corporate giants such as Dupont, Monsanto, South Africa Pannard Seed and Pioneer. These companies are all guilty of distributing GMOS throughout out the continent without considering the ecological impact, and they must be stopped from further damaging the delicate balance of African biodiversity," the collective said in its statement.

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