All e-services and websites connected to the City of Joburg’s homepage have been taken offline, after hackers managed to get inside the inner-systems of the municipality. The cybercriminals are now threatening to share the personal and financial data belonging to millions of citizens online.
Who has hacked the City of Joburg?
The serious data breach was reported on Thursday evening. The group – who identified themselves as the Shadow Kill Hackers – left a note on the Twitter page, claiming to “have control of everything” in Johannesburg.
“All your servers and data have been hacked. We have dozens of back doors inside your city. We have control of everything in your city. We also compromised all passwords and sensitive data such as finance and personal population information.”
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The group have made their demands clear to the City of Joburg: They are asking for a ransom of four bitcoins. Should they not receive payment by 17:00 on Monday 28 October, they will upload the sensitive information they’ve purportedly stolen onto the internet – most likely onto the “dark web”.
The total they are demanding equates to roughly R437 500, or nearly $30 000. Shadow Kill Hackers are also claiming to have access to details held by South Africa’s major banks – jeopardising the security of residents in Gauteng. Standard Bank reported a few technical glitches on Thursday, and it is believed the issue could be linked to the issued now faced by the City of Joburg.
When will the City of Joburg be back online?
Officials have since responded to the crisis, as the experts work feverishly to get things under control. A statement posted online Johannesburg’s official representatives has confirmed that several customer services will be out of action throughout Friday.
“The incident is being investigated by City of Joburg security experts, who have taken immediate action to mitigate any potential impacts. As a result of the hacking, several customer-facing systems – like the city’s website and e-billing services – have been shut down as a precautionary measure”
“The investigation, which should take 24 hours, means customers will not be able to transact with any financial outlets or log queries via the city’s customer care call centres. All emergencies must be diverted to 112. The city will update residents every four hours, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
City of Joburg
The City has detected a network breach in its systems ^TK pic.twitter.com/r43iiJiUya
— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) October 24, 2019