Yesterday evening we reported that the Econet Broadband website www.econetbroadband.co.zw had been hacked. The website stayed pretty much the same much for most the night but it was down when we tried it this morning.
In addition to the broadband website, Econet has taken down the main Econet website www.econet.co.zw, and the Ecolife website www.ecolife.co.zw. The strategy is what everyone would expect: take everything down and lock it all down. Econet’s Investor Center website and the Ecoweb SqurrielMail webmail site are both still up though.
The impact of a website being down in an economy like Zimbabwe is not as much as it is elsewhere in digital economies. Otherwise, how would you explain Telecel having their website with the “under construction” sign for almost a year now? Business is mostly still carried out offline here.
We have sought Econet’s official comment.