Johannesburg - In an unprecedented attack, Independent Newspapers succumbed to a massive cyber ambush by a group identifying itself as Anonymous Africa yesterday morning.
The cyber criminals launched a distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attack on the media group’s internet site IOL in revenge for what it believed was the newspaper group’s support for Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe.
Alistair Otter, IOL’s editor, said: “As a news organisation that includes more than a dozen newspapers, as well as online properties, we publish a range of opinions, including some that may not be popular. It is unfortunate that anyone could use this simple principle of media as an excuse for an attack on us.”
On Twitter the group, using the handle @Zim4thewin, posted a warning shortly before 11am: “Please note everyone. Today #IOL will be attacked for ignoring the genocide against the Ndebele people and for supporting a dictator.”
Online visitors were unable to access the site between 11am and 1pm, when services were restored.