Hackers hit Malawi government websites

For five days and counting, the official websites of the Malawi Government and official Malawi News Agency (Mana) Online Websites have been down due to hacking.

Chikondi Chimala, an official in the Government Information and Communications Unit (Gicu) under the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture, said on Tuesday the hacking suspects are believed to be from Turkey operating under the name Turkish Cyber Army.

<However, Chimala assured the nation that the websites—www.malawi.gov.mw< and www.manaonline.gov.mw­—have backups.

In the case of ManaOnline, he said the most recent backup was done on June 22 and for the others it was June 19; hence, when the websites are restored the data would be recovered.

Said Chimala: “Currently, the E-Government Department is weighing options as to what measures to take as this is becoming a common occurrence. There is, however, assurance that everything is being done to have these websites live again.”

Besides, he said the department is also working on finding long-term solutions to the problem.

In the absence of the websites, the only available online outlets for Mana and Malawi Government are Facebook Pages and Twitter handles.

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obwande
obwande
5 years ago

Deliberate move by government.

Jimmy Martson Tomoka
Jimmy Martson Tomoka
5 years ago

This is a shame. Is it a country or just an organization?? Is it as a country we dont have any security in our websites?? If we cant secure our crucial info, can we secure our citizens??

Moses Makoko
Moses Makoko
5 years ago

Where is the malawi defence force? Let them fight these intruders not beating innocent people on their way to dzalanyama and football matches! Our defence teams are a shame!

Bm
Bm
5 years ago

Even if they used IPv4 it was still very easy to hack Malawi Govt web servers for there is no ICT in Govt.

Food for thought to reformers n this confirms that Govt ICT needs urgent reform before anything else. It also tells us there is a crucial gap in Govt which needs urgent action to fill. ICT gap

fredpa
fredpa
5 years ago

why dont they hack you,let them hack you fools.

Gonapo
Gonapo
5 years ago

This gorv is full of evil pipo. They r driving us to hell. Don’t listen to them, its their hands.

Kenkkk
Kenkkk
5 years ago

Stupid dpp govt, as someone has already pointed out, the hackers are absolutely not Turkish. It is just a pseudo name like the many commentaries to nyasatimes where the contributors use different pseudo names. The hackers are Malawians and more likely in collusion With the same dpp govt. Next they will move to financial records and destroy them so that the money stolen and its culprits are not traceable.

This is just trying to find an excuse in advance of real hacking of financial records to steal more money and destroy any trail or even alter the information.

Nkhedu
5 years ago

WASTED PWEVUPWEVU GVT

GIFT WA GIFT
5 years ago

mbuzi ikalawa mchere siletseka mpaka mutaidula mutu basi!

umziya
umziya
5 years ago

We know DPP. They will steal cash and then blame hackers for the loss. Ndi mbava izi. mxiiiiiiiiiii

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