Mrs Mugabe’s profits £9.6 million why attempting to censor
Financed by the central bank, Zimbabwe’s illicit diamond industry takes thousands of lives yearly according to 2008 November US Cables released by Wikileaks.
The classified documents cite a well-known British mining executive as saying Mugabe and his wife profit tremendously from the Chiadzwa mine in eastern Zimbabwe.
The well-known British mining executive Andrew Cranswick was cited saying “The stones dubbed blood diamonds because of the human rights abuses associated with their extraction, were then resold to foreign buyers, earning each of the members of the powerful group hundreds of thousands of dollars a month.”
Zimbabwe’s military have been accused of widespread atrocities in the diamond fields of 2008, although Mugabe accuses the west of working to stop Zimbabwe from benefiting from its minerals.
The accused becomes the accuser.
Anonymous targeted Zimbabwean Government websites in retaliation to Mugabe’s wife, who sued Zimbabwean newspaper ‘The Standard’ for £9.6 million, after it reported on the leaked information about her and Mugabe’s profit from blood diamonds.
On the run up to New Year Anonymous hit the government’s online portal and the official site of Mugabe’s Zanu PF party stating “we are targeting Mugabe and his regime in the Zanu-PF who have outlawed the free press and threaten to sue anyone publishing Wikileaks.”
On June 28th AnonymousIRC tweeted “Currently uploading about everything about Zimbabwe Government on Internet there is to know. Who actually likes Robert Mugabe? #AntiSec”
Uploaded to Megaupload.com, Anonymous uploaded the file Zimbabwe .gov SQL Dump, the file included usernames and encrypted passwords which gains access to different areas of the Government’s website.
Sophos security expert Graham Cluely said that the databases were probably taken through a basic hacking technique called SQL injection.
“The hackers send commands to the website which force it to spit out all its underlying data,” Cluely said. “It’s not very difficult. How dangerous an SQL attack is depends on what information the website database contains. It may contain usernames and passwords.”
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