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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Thu Nov 13 2008 - 04:22:19 CST
By MOHAMMED SALEM
November 12, 2008
NOUAKCHOTT – The Sahara Media news agency, considered the first news
site in Mauritania, was the latest victim in a series of deliberate
attacks on the country's websites.
After two previous failed attempts, the latest attacks were enough to
disrupt the website for two days at least, which forced the management
to change the site's domain name. In a statement to its readers, Sahara
Media described the attack as "very dangerous and possibly be the start
of an open war on free media in the country."
The hacking of the website came two days after a similar attack on the
al-Anba' al-Ikhbari website, which was launched at the beginning of the
latest political crisis in Mauritania. On August 6, 2008, Mauritania's
democratically elected president, Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi,
was ousted in a military coup. The country has been ruled by a military
junta ever since.
Sahara Media has accused "national and foreign parties" of aiming to
muzzle the site.
Al-Anba', for its part, was far more specific in assigning blame. It
said "some parties in the military regime in Nouakchott" are responsible
for the sabotage.
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