Basic web lessons for South Africa: Government hacks point to systematic security issues

Alarm bells sounded last week when two government agencies were hacked in quick succession. 

The department of justice and constitutional development as well as the South African National Space Agency both confirmed that on 6 September they were hit with cyberattacks. There appears to be no link between the two but the inauspicious timing of the breaches has piqued public interest into how state institutions were so readily compromised — not forgetting that Transnet was similarly taken advantage of in July.

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Luke Feltham
Luke Feltham is a features writer at the Mail & Guardian

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