MASERU — The website of the
Lesotho Times, Lesotho’s biggest newspaper, was on Saturday hacked by unknown persons.
The hackers pounced on www.lestimes.com around noon on
The Lesotho Times is Lesotho’s biggest paper by circulation.
Abel Chapatarongo, the newspaper’s editor, said they were working round the clock to restore the website.
He said the hacking had seriously inconvenienced Basotho, especially those in the diaspora, who rely on the website for news back home.
“Our web developers are investigating the security breach. We are confident that the problem will be rectified soon,” Chapatarongo said.
“We will also try to put in place measures to ensure that this does not happen again. Hacking is a criminal offence”.
“It’s an assault on free expression”.
A few months ago hackers sabotaged the website of the Mail & Guardian, one of the most influential newspapers in South Africa.
Hackers have also targeted the website of the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency.
Even international banks and financial institutions have not been spared.
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