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Cyber Security Hub was not "literally" hacked - cyber expert

29 August 2018 11:28 AM
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VirusSec

Editor at MyBroadband.co.za, Jan Vermeulen says the government website was not hacked in the true sense but was more of a sit-in.

The government website, cybersecurityhub.gov.za, was completely shut down on Tuesday by a notorious hacker who identified himself as @VirusSec.

The hacker contacted South African media houses to notify them of his intentions saying that they are targeting government sites because "the current South African government is greedy, and it needs to change".

Jan Vermeulen, Editor at Large at MyBroadband.co.za says there isn't much information about this particular hacker but this is not the first time he has struck.

Vermeulen explains Cybersecurity Hub as a website that informs government agencies about what is happening in the world of cybersecurity.

What VirusSec did here is a distributive denial of service attack. Basically, they've got an army of computer bots somewhere and they issue a command to that botnet and flood another computer with internet traffic. So it's not a hack hack, it's more like a sit-in.

Jan Vermeulen, Editor at Large at MyBroadband.co.za

To hear the rest of the interview with Jan Vermeulen, listen below:


29 August 2018 11:28 AM
Tags:
VirusSec

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