Hackers shut down Johannesburg’s networks once again


Johannesburg, South Africa, is an alpha city on a booming continent—a financial powerhouse and one of the most important cities in the world. It’s also a repeat victim of hackers who at least twice in three months have shut down important city services and networks.

The new attack: On Thursday night, the city of Johannesburg shut down its website, e-services, and billing as a result of a “network breach which resulted in unauthorized access to [city government] information systems.”

Local media reported that hackers demanded ransom, but city spokesman Nthatisi Modingoane went on television on Friday to assert that there was no “formal demand for ransom.”

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Source: MIT Technology Review