Hacktivists Anonymous take down Zanu-PF, ZBC website as punishment for whatsapp block

Twitter users have also requested that Anonymous target the government mouthpiece, ‘The Herald’.

A group of hacking activists have claimed they are behind the crashing of the Zimbabwean government, the ruling party Zanu-PF and the state broadcaster the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s websites.

The websites – www.zim.gov.zw, www.zanupf.co.zw and www.zbc.co.zw – were all not opening as at 5pm on Wednesday.

Anonymous Africa, on their Twitter handle @zim4thewin, said: “In support of #ShutDownZimbabwe we have shut down the ZANU-PF website. http://www.zanupf.org.zw is #TangoDown Bring on the spring!”

The tweets said: “People who can see the zanupf website, try browse it (any page off the front), your browser has cached the website. It is definitely down.”

The group said its move was in support of the ongoing unrest in the country, which began on Friday, reportedly due to the shortage of food resources.

Police brutality since the unrest began has been recorded on social media.

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On Wednesday, a civil servant stayaway was conducted in the troubled nation while instant messaging service WhatsApp was blocked for some time.

Despite this, #ZimShutDown2016 was trending all day on social media despite the attempts at a media blackout.

Twitter users have also requested that Anonymous target the government mouthpiece, The Herald.

Last month, the hacking group took down the SABC website after the broadcaster said it was not going to show videos of protests in South Africa.