Anonymous Africa is now targeting government of Zimbabwe in support of ongoing protests against president Robert Mugabe!
The online hacktivists Anonymous conducted a series of cyber attacks on the Zimbabwe government websites last Monday for #ZimShutDown2016 or #ShutDownZimbabwe, a protest movement in which citizens are protesting against the Robert Mugabe’s government who has been in power for last 36 years.
Anonymous has also been conducting Operation OpAfrica since 2015 which aims to attack government and oil sectors against corruption, child abuse and child labor in the continent. The recent attack on Zimbabwean government website disrupted the online service of the country’s official portal (zim.gov.zw), ZANUPF – Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (zbc.co.zw).
It was just last month when the same hacktivists announced their next target will be Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and on 6th July the website went down for hours in support of the protestors and censorship.
According to eNews Channel Africa, Zimbabwean authorities did attempt to block social media platforms amid protest but despite that the #ZimShutDown2016 was trending all over social media.
This is not the first time Anonymous Africa has conducted DDoS attacks against high-profile targets in Zimbabwe. In September 2015, Anonymous shut down a state-run newspaper Zimbabwe Herald for allegedly promoting racism in the country.
At the time of publishing this article, all targeted websites were restored however Anonymous Africa has vowed another attack in the coming days.
About 21hous ago Anonymous conducted another attack on Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) forcing the website to go offline again.
Anonymous Africa also Tweeted about their involvement in OpAfrica stating that the group is not fully involved in the operation: