By Staff Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it has been forced to pull down its website after it was hacked Wednesday by unknown persons.
At a press briefing Thursday, ZEC Commissioner Qhubani Moyo said they were forced to temporarily stop the site at its busiest time because hackers started uploading “pictures” which the poll management authority did not know about.
“Our website has been hacked and we discovered it after 11 minutes and then we immediately pulled it down,” he said.
“We also discovered the hackers were putting information and pictures which we had no knowledge about. The information was not coming from us.”
He could not disclose what sort of information had been posted by the said hackers.
“Just know that some information which was not from us was posted,” he said.
The said hacking comes at a time Zimbabweans at home and abroad were keen to know the outcome of the country’s controversial election on Monday which saw Zanu PF emerge victorious on 144 seats against its main rival MDC Alliance’s 64 seats.
The incident also happened when political unrest gripped the country Wednesday with 3 people gunned down allegedly by soldiers who had been deployed into Harare central to quell the violence.
This becomes the second time the ZEC’s electronic infrastructure as been attacked during the current elections period.
Mid-last month, the server was allegedly hacked and unsolicited campaign messages, from the ruling party were sent to voters.
ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira said, then, this could have emanated from the unprotected voters’ roll while the commission laid the blame on service providers saying they could have sold the information from the ruling party.