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Hackers upload porn links to Sudanese religious affairs ministry site

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Date of publication: 19 June, 2020

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The Sudanese religious affairs ministry has announced that it has been hit by a cyber-attack where hackers uploaded pornographic videos to its official site.

Hackers have infiltrated the website of the Sudanese Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments and uploaded links to pornographic videos to the site, the ministry announced on Thursday.

Nasruddin Mufreh, the Sudanese Minister of Religious Affairs, said that a “cyber-attack on the pages of Sudanese ministries and ministry institutions” had begun with a hacking attack on the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and ended with an attack on the Ministry of Religious Affairs, saying that he did not believe the attacks would end there.

“Putting shameful, immoral and dishonourable material on a website like the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ website shows us the capacity for harm and malice that those against us harbour. They will spare no available or prohibited weapon to fight us,” he declared.

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Mufreh added that the ministry was open to technical advice on how to fight the cyber-attack and would “respond to any report about loopholes which those attacking our sites and pages can take advantage of”.

Mufreh was not specific about the identity of the hackers but described them with a Quranic verse as “those who like that immorality should be spread among those who have believed”.

In December 2018, hackers from the Anonymous Collective shut down over 200 Sudanese government websites in response to the suppression of pro-democracy protests by the government of former dictator Omar al-Bashir.

In April 2019, the Sudanese military removed Bashir from power as protests continued.

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