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Why Zimbabwean websites are increasingly getting hacked (list of hacked sites)

In recent months, each time we’ve posted an article about a high profile website being hacked – such as the story about Fingaz today – what follows is a number of tweets, emails and phone calls with readers basically ask: What’s going on? Why has the hacking increased so much? Why are Zim websites being targeted?

Another high profile website hacked, this time it’s Fingaz

We have been alerted by readers to the hacking of yet another high profile website in Zimbabwe, that of the Financial Gazette, Our checks show that the website was hacked on Friday, 4 January 2013, and remains compromised at the time of posting this article.

ZOL website hacked

Today we woke up to the tip that the website of one of the largest internet service providers in the country, Zimbabwe Online (ZOL) had been hacked. Checking the website, we got the screenshot below:

Her Zimbabwe too has been hacked

Earlier today, we posted an article noting that popular local entertainment blog Zimbo Jam, had been hacked. The website has since been fixed, but it turns out they were not the only website on the server that was hacked. Another local website, was also hacked. The information was availed to us via our Facebook page after we posted the Zimbo Jam news.

Popular Zim entertainment blog Zimbojam hacked

A tweet this morning alerted us to the hacking of popular Zimbabwean entertainment blog, Zimbo Jam, by hackers calling themselves “Teamr00t”. Visiting the website a few minutes ago would load this:

CABS website gets hacked

We just got a tip that the Central African Building Society (CABS) website has been hacked. Visiting the website right now loads the screen we have captured here:

More than 30 YoAfrica hosted websites get hacked at same time

Yesterday morning, we got tipped to the fact that some YoAfrica hosted websites had been hacked. It was just 2 websites so we figured it was anything to worry about but we contacted the company nonetheless and told them about it. As the day progressed, a few more people told us their websites had been hacked and checking where they were hosted all pointed to YoAfrica servers. Well, one server in particular. We told YoAfrica through the day of these developments we were getting.

Moroccan hacker compromises 3 South African government websites

A report on Tech Central says three South African government websites where compromised by a Moroccan hacker and as of yesterday morning, one of the websites, the social development department’s loaded a black page with a message from the hacker. The website was taken offline and currently still is. The other websites are the Presidential National Commission and the National Population Unit’s.

The Daily News website suffers hacking

One of Zimbabwe’s 3 most read daily newspapers, the Daily News, had its website hacked yesterday. An email tip we got, and a tweet early Sunday morning say the site was showing the page  below instead of the usual content. From what we can see so far the hacking appears to be one of those […]

LinkedIn passwords leaked on the internet. How you can protect your account

If you’re on the popular professional social network, LinkedIn, you really want to change your password immediately. Yes you do. LinkedIn suffered a hack yesterday whose payload was the leaking of some 6.5 million passwords onto a Russian hacking site. The security breach was confirmed by LinkedIn itself admitting that some passwords were indeed stolen […]

Zimbabwe International Trade Fair website hacked, taken down

We established this morning that the website belonging to the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company, was hacked. The Zimbabwean company runs the one of the largest multi-sectoral exhibitions in sub-Saharan Africa and is currently preparing for the 2012 annual exhibition to take place in less than 2 weeks.

Hacker who attacked Zimbabwe government websites helped FBI penetrate ‘Anonymous’

News organisations and blogs globally are reporting that the hacker responsible for leading attacks on the Zimbabwe government’s (and other countries as well) websites following the Wikileaks stir in December 2010, Sabu (real Hector Xavier Monsegur), was turned into FBI informant when he was arrested in August last and has helped the US government penetrate the Anonymous hacker group.

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange website still down 7 months after hacking

At the beginning of August 2011, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange website was hacked. The site was taken down immediately. Today, some 7 months later the site is still down.

The basics of protecting your website

This guest article was written for TechZim by Joe Ruzvidzo, a blogger and consultant based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He writes here in his personal capacity. There have been numerous stories here on TechZim and around the world about websites being hacked. Some of the largest brands locally and abroad have had their websites defaced, and the […]

The Herald website hacked, used to propagate pornography

We received several tips this morning from readers alerting us that the Herald website,, 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.

Zimbabwe finance ministry website taken down after hacking

According to Consumerizim, a local consumer e-activism website, the Zimbabwe ministry of finance website was hacked yesterday. The website was apparently hacked by a group of hackers calling themselves Abs0lution. The site has since been taken down.

Website Hacking: HMetro too has been hit

Barely a day after we posted that the NewsDay was down, we got notified on Twitter that HMetro ( was suffering a similar problem. The website has been hijacked by hackers.

Here’s what you see if you open the H-Metro website right now:

Alpha Media’s NewsDay website down. Malware compromise

We received a tip this morning that the NewsDay website,, may have been hacked. Web browsers currently report that malware (malicious software) has been detected on the site and that visitors are at risk of malware infection if they open the website.

IT Security in the emerging markets – threat or fiction?

While sitting at a coffee shop across the street from a large Bank, a person pulls out their laptop, hacks the (secure) Wi-Fi network of the bank, and by their 3rd cup of coffee has access to a desktop computer in the bank with full local access. Sounds far-fetched? Think again. That person is now writing this article. Thankfully the entity in question had requested this test to occur, but it does highlight a very important topic for discussion: African countries are growing in ICT, fast. Are they ready for the attention they will attract from hacking syndicates and cyber criminals?

Details of the ZSE hacking. It happened twice and it was through Joomla

On Saturday, we posted information revealing that the hacking of the ZSE website that happened last week was at the application level. We have since received more details of the hacking incident itself and it appears the ZSE website was used by the hackers to host viruses and a phishing website.

Econet restores hacked website, secures it with test software

Econet has switched on its Econet Broadband website www.econetbroadband, after more than a month of downtime following a hacking incident in December last year. The site is noticeably still using the popular open source content management system Joomla.

How your company can avoid becoming the next hacking victim

Hack attacks are on the rise. And even if you’re not the immediate target, you could still end up a victim. It’s just a matter of time. This is generally true for big organisations. Targeted hacking is becoming a multibillion industry and the more profitable it becomes it means more skilled and talented hackers will join the bandwagon and hack for monetary gains.

Econet takes Zim websites offline after hacking incident

Yesterday evening we reported that the Econet Broadband website had been hacked. The website stayed pretty much the same much for most the night but it was down when we tried it this morning.

Social Engineering as a Hacking Technique

Political science refers to social engineering as an attempt by government or private groups to change the views and behaviour of citizens. In computer security, social engineering is the art and science of tricking people into revealing confidential information