Senegal joins the list of a sovereign state to encounter cyberattack — two significant countries in Africa has reportedly suffered cyberattacks. Multiple Senegalese government websites went down after the hackers infiltrated their servers with denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that left several websites offline for hours during the weekend.
DDoS attacks work by directing high volumes of internet traffic toward targeted servers in a bid to knock them offline.
A gang of hackers called Mysterious Team took credit for the cyberattack after sharing tweets that made their hashtag viral. The #FreeSenegal hashtag became a common catchphrase on Twitter based on the Mysterious Team impact aimed at repressing the government’s indulgence to the governed.
The viral #FreeSenegal denotes that the instigated cyber threat does not campaign espionage but rather sabotages the systemic government the Mysterious gang of hackers claimed to have failed in terms of adequately serving the Senegalese population.
The cyberattack the Senegalese government encountered has reportedly impacted chaos in the country whereby there are documented standoffs among political rivals. The Senegalese government representative confirmed the dispute between the state security forces and opposition supporters.
Senegal’s welfare status is currently tense which led the tech-savviest fraction of its population to gang up to digitally sabotage the ruling government. This denotes that the Mysterious Team of hackers is amongst the opposition party campaigning against the ruling government by shutting down its websites.
Abdou Karim Fofana — a government official has reported that the apex government cybersecurity agency is on the verge of restoring the sabotaged websites online. Fofana also mentioned that the president’s website remains active while other factions of the government and its agencies’ websites remain disrupted including the government and finance ministry websites.
Fofana’s scrutiny report also revealed that the Mysterious Team are natives of Bangladesh that regard themselves as “cyber warriors” who have reportedly attacked the Ethiopian health ministry and Indian media. However, the Senegalese government is prepared to respond to the cyber threat with an enhanced cybersecurity approach.