We’re gathering that the websites belonging to Zimbabwean bank, Metropolitan Bank (www.metbank.co.zw) was defaced and subsequently taken down ‘for maintenance’. According to site defacement archive zone-h.org, the Metropolitan Bank website was defaced on 19 January 2013 by hackers calling themselves “Qifwhysoserious”.
Opening the Metbank website right now shows the web hosting company’s “Under Maintenance” place holder page. The website is hosted by Webdev, one of the largest hosting companies in Zimbabwe. The website was developed by a local company called Hello World, and a source at the company tells us it was based on the Joomla content management system.
We tried getting comment from Metbank but were told the person that could speak on such issues was in meetings.
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Like other such website defacement, there’s likely no company information stolen here as banks host their corporate websites and online banking platforms separate. Such website hacking appears to be on the rise locally mainly because of increased web presence by local companies.