Programmers from the Anonymous group have hacked a Government Communications and Information Services (GCIS) database as a major aspect of #OpAfrica The names, telephone numbers, email addresses, and hashed passwords of approximately 1,500 government representatives were posted on the web.
This comes after Anonymous released a video declaring it had set its sights on Africa, with South Africa high on the rundown of targets. Operation Africa, or #OpAfrica, will concentrate on the issues Internet censorship and Child Labour on the African Continent, the gathering said. "The focus of the operation is a disassembly of corporations and governments that enable and perpetuate corruption on the African continent."
News of the GCIS hack comes soon after Softpedia reported that Anonymous had hacked employment portal V-Report.
Anonymous programme hackers said they had the private details of more than 33,000 employment seekers, however they decided to only distribute the information of government authorities.
In a different leak, email addresses, telephone numbers and hashed passwords from the accompanying departments were additionally dumped after breaching the Government Communications and Information Services (GCIS) site.
Local system architect, Evan Knowles, is critical of the security in place on the GCIS' database and points out that the encryption used to store the passwords was trivial to break. Knowles demonstrates that the password policy at GCIS needs work too. From his blog "All in all, in the collection of 1116 passwords, there were only 549 unique passwords. This included 9 passwords which were only one letter long. Almost a third of the passwords contained the word 'password'.