We received several tips this morning from readers alerting us that the Herald website, www.herald.co.zw, had been compromised. We checked. It was. The hack was silent with links to pornography sites inconspicuously placed on every page on the site. Both the Herald and the company that developed & host the website, Webdev, were alerted and the issue has since been resolved.
The porn links were placed close to the bottom of each page on the site and you could only see them by checking the source of the site, or carefully hovering the mouse around the white space at the end of the body of each page. Like this:
Here’s a screenshot of the source:
We’re guessing the hack is for SEO purposes and nothing malicious targeted against the Herald itself. We will try to get an official comment from the Herald on what caused the issue.
The Herald is Zimbabwe’s biggest daily newspaper by circulation. It is owned by Zimbabwe’s largest newspaper publisher, Zimpapers. Zimpapers also publishes The Chronicle, The Sunday Mail, The Sunday News amoung other titles.