- Hackers have targeted major Ghanaian news websites
- The affected websites are myjoyononline.com, adomonline.com, peacefmonline.com and ghanaweb.com
Alleged Chinese hackers have hacked top Ghanaian websites following the intensity of the campaign to stop illegal mining by which many Asians are involved in, in Ghana.
According to an investigative piece by Daily Graphic newspaper four major websites, Ghanaweb.com, Peacefmonline.com, Myjoyononline.com and Adomonline.com have come under attack in the last three weeks.
The newspaper noted that the attacks mainly originated from hackers in China and that they were in the nature of distributed denial of service (DDoS).
A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is an attack in which multiple compromised computer systems attack a target, such as a server, website or other network resources, and cause a denial of service for users of the targeted resource.
The hackers normally flood the targets with millions of messages, connection requests or malformed packets.
This forces the target to slow down or even crash and shut down, thereby denying service to legitimate users or systems. When this happens, legitimate users are unable to visit the target website.
Meanwhile, checks with the editors of the affected websites indicate that investigations were ongoing to ascertain the cause of the hacking.
This is not the first time hackers have rampaged websites in Ghana. Late 2016 some state websites were hacked and put out of action for a while.