Probe over Pres­i­dency web­site hack

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BULELWA PAYI

THE Hawks con­firmed they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged hack­ing of the Pres­i­dency’s web­site.

Hawks spokesper­son Hang­wani Mu­laudzi said the mat­ter had been re­ferred to the cy­ber-crime unit which was “busy with it”.

But the site, which ap­peared to have been hacked yesterday, was taken down briefly be­fore go­ing back up. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, users who tried to ac­cess the site were greeted by a mes­sage that read: “Hacked by Black Team. Sa­hara is Moroc­can. And Morocco is ur Lord! ”

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesper­son Khusela Diko said that “there has been in­ter­fer­ence” on the site although she could not con­firm it was hacked.

The me­dia re­ported last year that diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween South Africa and Morocco were to be re-es­tab­lished af­ter a meet­ing be­tween for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and Moroc­can king Mohammed VI.

Re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries soured in 2004 af­ter South Africa recog­nised the in­dige­nous Sa­harawi peo­ple led by the Polis­ario Front.

Western Sa­hara has been the sub­ject of a long dis­puted ter­ri­to­rial dis­pute be­tween Morocco and the Sa­harawi.

The De­part­ment of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion could not say whether the diplo­matic moves were now in jeop­ardy.

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