Mozambique: hackers demand money before unlocking government websites

Mozambique: hackers demand money before unlocking government websites

Yemeni hackers, the hacking group that took over more than 30 websites in Mozambique on Monday, are now demanding money before unlocking them, hours after the government said it had repelled the attacks.

Accusing the government of underestimating the scale of the attack, the hackers have placed a message in one of the websites demanding ransom money to be paid in 24 hours.

“If the sum of $20,000 is not transferred in Bitcoin, confidential data will be leaked, including that of the Ministry of Defence and all official information and secret emails,” the message read.

Some of those targeted were the portals of the national disaster management, roads administration and water agencies, as well as the defence ministry and the national land transport institute.

Erminio Jasse, the head of Mozambique’s National Institute of Electronic Government, had on Monday assured that no information was stolen.

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