Garowe Online (Garowe)

22 July 2012

Somalia: Hackers Target Somali Giant Dahabshiil

Mogadishu, Somalia — A group claiming to be the cyber hacker or hacktivist group Anonymous has threatened Dahabshiil an international funds transfer company and the leading bank in Somalia, Garowe Online reports.

The group alleged it was the hacktivist group Anonymous, and threatened to destroy Dahabshiil within two months if the company did not stop what the group alleged as supporting terrorist organizations and terrorists in Somalia and across the world.

The group, who printed out thousands of account details, alleges that Dahabshiil supports terrorism through dealing directly and indirectly with terrorists.

In the statement the Anonymous group released, the group alleged that it was investigating the bank's accounts for months after easily bypassing firewalls.

"After months and months of fun against these guys who support Terror on earth, we just decided that it was time to destroy them," read the statement.

The group said it had planted "cyber bombs" and warned Dahabshiil if they consulted IT experts that the group would detonate those bombs destroying the company.

Dahabshiil while speaking to News.com.au downplayed the cyber attack of its stations and said that the threat was "exaggerated".

Although the bank did not verify the individuals it promised that despite the threats it would protect their customers.

"Safeguarding our customers is of paramount importance to Dahabshiil and we will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities to ensure that we identify those responsible," read the Dahabshiil statement to News.com.au.

The bank also denied ever working with terrorists or funding terrorists.

"We have never been the subject of any investigation in relation to alleged terrorist funding and we have no involvement whatsoever with money laundering or the funding of terrorist organizations."

If in fact the hacktivist group Anonymous did threaten Dahabshiil this will be a new frontier for the group who have targeted websites of the US Department of Justice the FBI and the websites of governments like the United Kingdom, Egypt, Algeria and Libya.

The group which does not have a leader or head or a member list and virtually anybody can join, has not been known to go after terrorists or alleged terrorist supporters, but in the alleged statement by the group, it did announce officially its "War on Terror".

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2012 Garowe Online. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.