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South African news agency comes under cyber attack

The denial of service (DoS) attack led to the organisation’s Internet and e-mail systems going down at 11am today, according to Alastair Otter, editor, IOL.

Prior to the attack, a group calling itself Anonymous Africa, with the Twitter handle @Zim4thewin, tweeted: "Please note everyone. Today #IOL will be attacked for ignoring the genocide against the Ndebele people and for supporting a dictator."

Further tweets added: "@IOL Tick tock 3 minutes left until the African spring tidal wave hits your corrupt mouthpiece" and "@iol You are now tango down! for crimes against humanity!"

A subsequent tweet stated: "IOL bad boys bad boys what you ganna do, what you ganna do when they come for you."

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The news agency’s website and related services were restored by 1pm. Otter said: "As a news organisation that includes more than a dozen newspapers as well as online properties we publish a range of opinions, including some that may not be popular.

"Publishing these does not imply that we agree, or disagree, with those views. We pride ourselves on allowing and publishing a multiplicity of views. It is unfortunate that anyone could use this simple principle of media as an excuse for an attack on us."

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