Hacking collective Anonymous has targeted many companies and governments in the past, breaking down their systems to expose whatever dirty little secrets they might be harbouring.
The leaderless group has now set its sights on corrupt African governments, and if it sticks to its original plan, the South African government could be next.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonGlobal) February 8, 2016
In a statement last week, the group said that Operation Africa, or #OpAfrica for short, “is a disassembly of corporations and governments that enable and perpetuate corruption on the African continent.”
The group released what it calls the ‘First Target List’, and consists of the Rwandan, Ugandan, South African, Zimbabwean, Tanzanian, Sudanese, South Sudan, and Ethiopian governments.
The Rwandan and Ugandan governments have already been struck, making South Africa the next likely target should Anonymous be going down the list as it stands.
According to Softpedia, World Hacker Team breached Rwandan IT company Broadband Systems Corporation, gaining access to its email accounts and ticketing system. The group proceeded to dump the data onto the internet, which contained employee names, email addresses, hashed passwords, and phone numbers.
The next target on the list was Uganda, and here hacker Hanom1960 gained access to Uganda’s Ministry of Finance website.
“This database contained the details of 220 government employees, including stuff like their real names, emails, phone numbers, usernames, user level, and MD5 hashed passwords,” Softpedia wrote.
Anonymous explained that corruption isn’t the only motivator for OpAfrica, as it will be going (and has gone in the past) after companies in Africa that “push GMOs, wholesale processed foods and exploit Africa’s resources.”
And as always, the group issued a warning, saying that governments across Africa should expect them.
“We have always fought for the rights of the oppressed, and Africa and the strong people who live there are no exception. No longer will we stand by and watch these blatant abuses of power occur. We will continue to fight for their liberties until all of our brothers on the continent are freed from the shackles of corruption and greed. We will not sleep. We will stop at nothing. We are Anonymous. They should have expected us.”[Image – CC by 2.0/Mattia Notari – Foto]