JUBA, FEBRUARY 17th 2023 (SUDANS POST) – In a new escalation against media houses in South Sudan, unknown hackers have taken control of social media accounts of Radio Tamazuj and Sudans Post media outlets.
In a brief alert published on its website, Radio Tamazuj said its Twitter handle has been hacked since Wednesday, saying that they are investigating the digital attack.
“The management of Radio Tamazuj would like to inform its readers, audience and followers that we are experiencing a technical hitch linked to a digital attack on our Twitter Account since Wednesday and it is currently under investigation,” it said.
On Thursday, Radio Tamazuj Twitter handle was renamed by the hackers. Sudans Post has reached out to Radio Tamazuj for comment over the hacking but did not receive a response as of the time this report was filed.
In its statement, Sudans Post management said its Facebook account was taken over and renamed by hackers, and further added that its website is currently being low in South Sudan than in other regions of the world.
“The management of Sudans Post digital newspaper is hereby informing its readers and the wider public that its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sudanspost) has been hacked,” the Sudans Post statement reads in part.
“This illegal activity happens at a time when we have also noticed through the Google Analytics that our website (www.sudanspost.com) has been “very low” to readers in South Sudan than in other regions of the world indicating a suspicious activity against our publication,” it added.
It further said that “This is not the first time such incidents are perpetuated against our publication. In June 2020, Sudans Post website was blocked in South Sudan. Readers including in the capital Juba were unable to access the publication’s website for around two months until when Qurium Media Foundation deployed a mirror to circumvent what would become a systematic blocking.”
Sudans Post is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Sudan, South Sudan and East Africa, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the two countries and the region.