The website belonging to Zimbabwe’s largest daily newspaper, The Herald Online, suffered a denial of service (DoS) attack some hours ago, apparently carried out by Anonymous Africa. The hacker collective is the same that attacked a South African news site earlier today. The attack on the Herald lasted only a few hours during which the site was not available at all;
Before the attack, the hackers posted an update on Twitter indicating they intended to carry a DoS on the Herald website, for reasons they did not disclose:
A DoS attack is a form of hacker attack against a website designed to consume all of a website’s resources to the point a website becomes unavailable to ordinary visitors trying to access it. According to another tweet by Anonymous Africa apparently while the Herald website was down, they used some sophisticated attacks to render “a heavily defended mirror in Texas and a IP in zimbabwe [of the site]” unavailable.
The Herald is owned by Zimbabwe’s largest newspaper publisher, Zimpapers. Zimpapers also publishes The Chronicle, The Sunday Mail, The Sunday News among other titles.