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Hackers have lately been targeting our cherished football personalities in South Africa. According to a report by The Herald, Khama Billiat’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have been hacked.
This comes two weeks after, former footballer, Peter Ndlovu’s phone was hacked too. It’s not only Peter Ndlovu and Khama Billiat but also Willard Katsande fell victim to this kind of cybercrime too last year.
Back to Khama Billiat’s ordeal, it’s said that the hackers are demanding $10 000 US dollars or else they will leak his photos online. I don’t know what type of photos they are but naturally one would guess; nude photos. But the hackers didn’t tell what type of photos they have, they just said:
We’ve hacked all your accounts on social media and have all your photos……We will post these photos to all media and send them
The hackers not only want to cause a scandal by posting his photos but they also want to use Khama Billiat’s account to post scathing messages to both Presidents of Zimbabwe and South Africa. The went on to say;
…….we will insult your govt (government) and Zim & SA Presidents through your accounts on social media.
Where is Khama Billiat receiving these ultimatums from?
You are obviously wondering where these hackers are telling Khama Billiat their threats from? Well, Khama Billiat is receiving these ultimatums through his Instagram account which he says they (hackers) have given him control over so that they can communicate their demands. As a matter of fact, initially, the hackers hacked Khama Billiat’s Instagram account and deleted 10 of his photos just to show off that they have the power to hack into all his social media accounts.
What’s the deadline?
The hackers are demanding Khama Billiat to send them $10 000 US dollars via western union in 24 hours. For someone who earns R833 333 ($38 000 US dollars) a month, he probably can afford to pay the $10 000 if he really wants to preserve his reputation.
Anyway, these hackers seem to be entry-level hackers because they will easily get caught since sending money on Western Union is ‘trackable’. So, If I was Khama Billiat, I would have struck the deal with these hackers (and also secretly engage Western Union) and send them the money, knowing that they will be tracked and get caught.
Although the hackers can just publish the photos on some other platforms, Khama Billiat would be well-advised to contact Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and tell them to deactivate his accounts for the time being.
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