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Zimbabwe Gov't Websites Hit By Pro-WikiLeaks DDoS Attack 115

Posted by Soulskill
from the anonymous-abroad dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Pro-WikiLeaks hacktivists have struck a blow against the-powers-that-be in Zimbabwe, bringing down three government websites through distributed denial-of-service attacks. The attacks appear to be in support of newspapers who published secret cables in the ongoing WikiLeaks saga, to the annoyance of the country's leadership. Grace Mugabe, wife of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, was recently reported to be suing a newspaper for $15 million after it published a WikiLeaks cable that claimed she has benefited from illegal diamond trading. The Zimbabwe government's online portal at www.gta.gov.zw and the official ZANU-PF website continue to be offline, and the Finance Ministry's website now displays a message saying it is under maintenance."
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Zimbabwe Gov't Websites Hit By Pro-WikiLeaks DDoS Attack

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  • Re:Hahaha (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Charliemopps (1157495) on Saturday January 01, 2011 @12:09PM (#34730352)
    Anything done that "annoys" Zimbabwe's leaders is well worth the effort in my opinion.
  • Re:$15,0000,000 (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Grygus (1143095) on Saturday January 01, 2011 @12:23PM (#34730428)

    When the USA charges in to change a government people scream and shout and say the the USA is imperliaistic and being mean. When the USA doesn't invade they are looked at with disdain for not helping out those who need it.

    You can't have it both ways, however no matter what the USA does it is wrong.

    It might help if the US got some sort of international support and helped the countries who most people believed needed helping, instead of unilaterally invading the ones with the most natural resources. Just saying.

  • by the linux geek (799780) on Saturday January 01, 2011 @12:28PM (#34730450)
    Not *quite* dead, just comatose. If I recall, they said they'd bring it back if economic growth gets to a certain point, and until then would only use foreign currency to minimize inflation.
  • Re:Hahaha (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Concerned Onlooker (473481) on Saturday January 01, 2011 @01:16PM (#34730738) Homepage Journal

    I almost agree with you. However, when you "annoy" someone using illegal/unethical means you kind of lose the high ground. Just because it is a "good" cause doesn't mean one should abandon one's principles. Just look at the Bush administration and torture.

    Besides, it is a tactic that is non-lasting. Real change takes real work and time. But I think most people would rather wait until the situation is out of control and then take drastic action rather than do the hard day-to-day work of keeping freedoms alive.

  • by drooling-dog (189103) on Saturday January 01, 2011 @01:49PM (#34730984)

    ...that these attacks "in support of Wikileaks" are what they are represented to be? Or is it possible that at least some of them could be false flag attacks designed to make the case later that breaching government secrecy is somehow tantamount to terrorism? Just asking... I really have no idea, but neither do I expect things always to be what they appear.

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