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Cyber-warfare comes to Mauritania

Cyber-warfare comes to Mauritania
Cyber-warfare comes to Mauritania

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November 12, 2008
NOUAKCHOTT =E2=80=93 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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