Akometsi can reveal that Malawi Parliament website with url, www.parliament.gov.mw has been hacked by hackers identified as Blackhart3. A quick visit to the website showed that the parliament website’s host had suspended the account.
This is not the first time a Malawian government website has been hacked. In October 2014, Malawi Government website was hacked by Algerian Hackers. This came after a 2-0 football match against the Flames which the Algerians won but had not forgiven Malawi for the 3-0 humiliation at AFCON in Angola. They hacked the government website and displayed the 2-0 results on it.
A quick check by Akometsi IT team has also discovered that most government websites in Malawi are security vulnerable with some of them running ads for hackers without noticing. One such website is that of the Immigration Department (https://www.immigration.gov.mw/) which is running Ad-Push and Pop-Up ads that takes you away from the website each time you click to visit another page within the website.
Most people end up giving their information to wrong people because of the security lapses by the Malawi government websites. According to Blessings Phiri, an IT in Lilongwe, the user experience on Malawi Immigration website is as a result of the ads being run by the website which he says can either come from the original designer who inserted without the knowledge of the Immigration or can be from Hackers.
What are Blackhart Hackers?
According to Norton, like all hackers, black hat hackers usually have extensive knowledge about breaking into computer networks and bypassing security protocols. They are also responsible for writing malware, which is a method used to gain access to these systems.
Their primary motivation is usually for personal or financial gain, but they can also be involved in cyber espionage, protest or perhaps are just addicted to the thrill of cybercrime. Black hat hackers can range from amateurs getting their feet wet by spreading malware, to experienced hackers that aim to steal data, specifically financial information, personal information and login credentials. Not only do black hat hackers seek to steal data, they also seek to modify or destroy data as well.