Hackers leak SA government’s sensitive financial data

World Hacker Team, a group who associates themselves with the Anonymous collective and #OpAfrica, has announced that it has hacked the website of the South African Department of Water Affairs.

The group said it attacked the site as part of Operation Africa (#OpAfrica).

When Anonymous first announced #OpAfrica, it said that it’s about “a disassembly of corporations and governments that enable and perpetuate corruption on the African continent”.

It will also focus on the issues of child labour and Internet censorship in Africa.

News of the Water Affairs hack comes after the same group announced last week that it had hacked a web portal belonging to the Government Communications and Information Systems department.

As with the previous hack, the group dumped lists of usernames and passwords, some hashed and some stored in plain text, along with a host of other sensitive information.

This includes full names, e-mail addresses, and phone and ID numbers.

Unlike the hack on the GCIS, the dump from Water Affairs also includes highly sensitive financial data, and details of projects.

The screenshot below is one of several posted by the group, and shows some of the project data it leaked in the hack.

Department of Water screenshot2
Department of Water screenshot2

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