CAF website hacked by Russian group

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed that their website was hacked and has taken action to prevent a reoccurrence.

A Russian group called New World Hackers claimed it took down the site, with the BBC reporting that they did so in protest of the Afcon host nation, Gabon, and its government.

The CAF website was down for an estimated five hours on Saturday, with the governing body thinking it was due to a technical fault only to find it had been hacked.

Junior Binyam, CAF’s communications director, told BBC Sport: “CAF has taken action but we can’t certify 100 percent it will not happen again. Even CIA servers are hacked.”

Gabon has been in political turmoil following last year’s disputed presidential elections.

Current president Ali Bongo won the controversial election, but citizens took to the streets in violent protests that has marred the Afcon tournament.


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