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Moroccan Hackers Attack Mauritanian Government Sites

A group of hackers calling themselves the “Moroccan Secret Agent” have succeeded in breaching and seizing control [ar] of several Mauritanian governmental websites. The group defaced the websites with slogans insulting the Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, and his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, calling the two heads of state “enemies of the Moroccan people.”

Among the websites targeted by the hackers were the Prime Minister's Portal, Mauritania Electronic Portal and the websites of the Ministry of Justice, Mauritanian Deposits and Development Funds, Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Industry and Agriculture, and the National Commission for the Control of Public Tenders.

صورة لموقع وكالة الوثائق المؤمنة المخترق - تصوير باب ولد الدي على فيسبوك

A photograph of one the hacked websites posted by Baba Ould Deye on his Facebook page.

Activist Baba Ould Deye blamed the breach on the weak security protocols implemented by the Mauritanian Governmental websites [ar]:

المواقع الحكومية الرسمية للجمهورية الإسلامية الموريتانية تحت النار… #موريتانيا أوف لاين 
فريق القراصنة المغربي يرسل رسالة سياسية وإختراقه ليس عشوائيا كما في حالة موقع الوكالة الوطنية للوثائق المؤمنة.
لكن الفريق المغربي ليس وحده من مــر علي مواقعنا الرسمية فأصبحت في خبر كان سبقه فريق سوري وآخر تركي وآخر صيني وآخر إيراني …. الخ 
أصبحنا سخرية أطفال قراصنة العالم ” هل تريد أن تتعلم الإختراق ؟! هل تريد مواقع ضعيفة وغير مؤمنة لتجرب عليها ؟! إذن إذهب للمواقع الموريتانية ! “  
أين المسؤولون عن تقنية المعلومات في البلد ! عار عليكم سيرفيراتكم وبرامج إدارة المحتوي الموجودة لديكم ونظمكم بشكل عام لم يتم تحديثها منذ سنوات، عار عليكم وقــد حذركم أبناء بلدكم مرارا وتكرار فلم تتعظوا

The governmental and official websites of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania are under fire …. #Mauritania is offline.

The Moroccan hacking group is sending a political message and its breaches are not random, as in the case of the National Agency for Safeguarded Documents.

The Moroccan group aren't the only hackers who have managed to access our official websites, which have became nonfunctional. Before them, there was a Syrian group, a Turkish, a Chinese and an Iranian one.

We have became the laughing stock of the most inexperienced hackers. “Do you want to learn hacking?! Do you want weak and insecure websites to experiment on?! Then go the Mauritanian websites!” they must be telling themselves.

Where are those responsible for information technology in the country? Shame on you, your servers and your content management programs and your systems in general, which haven't been updated in years. Shame on you. Your people warned you over and over again but you did not take heed.

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