Earlier on Saturday, 7 July 2018, the website of "The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa" was defaced by a group calling themselves the "Black TeamX." When contacted, The Presidency's spokesperson, Khusela Diko, confirmed that there had been "interference" with the website.
"HACKED BY BLACK TEAMX. SAHARA IS MOROCCAN AND MOROCCO IS UR LORD," read the message on the defaced website before it was disabled.
Screenshot of The Presidency of the Republic South Africa after it was defaced.
The defacement, according to popular defacement archives website, Zone-H, took place at approximately 08:00 AM and has been attributed to Black_TeamX. Black TeamX are known and have been taking credit for many website defacements across the world. Just earlier in June 2018 they were responsible for the defacement of another South African website belonging to the cruise company, Royal Carribean.
As with the defacement of The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa website, Black TeamX left a message in support of Morocco on the Royal Carribean website which read:
"Hacked By Team X-AMZ
This is A clear Message To All The Govenment And People. This is Just A Warnin. Stop Supporting Plolizario And Connectrate your Efforts. Sahara is Moroccan. Contact: https://www.facebook.com/kotaibamas
Greetz: MoroCcan Agent Secret - Black_TeamX - And All Hackers Moroccains"
So far, it seems the aim of Black TeamX, as it is most times, was merely to deface a website hosted on a vulnerable server and post their message. At the time of reporting it was not known whether they had managed to gain access to other systems related to The Presidency of South Africa or access any data.
The defacement continues to highlight the importance of information security in South Africa and Afrika at large. It comes barely a month after South Africa's Liberty Holdings admitted to having "gaps in our network" which led to a group of hackers called the "BlackHats" breaching their systems and apparently taking with them 40TB worth of critical data for which they demanded payment from Liberty so they would not leak it.
Furthermore, there was also the case of South Africa's largest-ever data leak barely a year ago in October 2017 which saw 60 million unique records of South Africans leaked publicly online.