We have been alerted by readers to the hacking of yet another high profile website in Zimbabwe, that of the Financial Gazette, www.financialgazette.co.zw. Our checks show that the website was hacked on Friday, 4 January 2013, and remains compromised at the time of posting this article.
Loading the Fingaz website right now shows the page in the screenshot below:
Some of you will probably notice that the hack, by a group called HighTech Brazil HackTeam, is similar to the one that hit the ZOL last week. And like the ZOL website defacement, this one also looks like a random attack on known content management vulnerabilities.
Our checks also show that the website is hosted internationally. The Financial Gazette, is one of the most read local weekly newspapers in Zimbabwe. Like other newspapers in the country, the media company’s establishment of online presence has not been smooth. Websites belonging to print media companies in Zimbabwe have been subjected to defacement in such random hacks.
Here are some examples in the past 2 years:
- Alpha Media’s NewsDay website down. Malware compromise
- Website Hacking: HMetro too has been hit
- The Daily News website suffers hacking
- The Herald website hacked, used to propagate pornography
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