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The City of Johannesburg Was Hacked and Officials Are Refusing to Pay the Ransom

The cyber attack happened on Thursday and the city had until today to pay up and protect sensitive data.

The city of Johannesburg was hacked and city officials are refusing to pay the ransom that would get it back online. The hackers, a group called Shadow Kill Hackers, made their move on Thursday night and disrupted the city's official website, demanding a ransom of 4 Bitcoin tokens (about $300,000 or R550,000) by tonight at 5pm. They claimed failure to pay would result in their uploading all data they stole to the web. The hacking forced the city to shut down its systems to keep the Shadow Kill Hackers from gaining further access to sensitive data. Despite that, officials are saying they will not, and have not, paid the ransom.


The Daily Maverick reports that the ransom note, pictured in the tweet below, read:

All your servers and data have been hacked. We have dozens of backdoors inside your city. We have control of everything in your city. We also compromised all the passwords and sensitive data such as finance and personal population information.

Nthatisi Modingoane, City of Johannesburg Deputy Director of Communications, stated that the city spotted the breach early on and were able to stop the hackers from gaining critical access by turning their systems off. The shutdown affected some quintessential programs for the people of Johannesburg. All city websites, billing systems, operating systems and call centers were down—some reports on Twitter claimed that personal mobile banking apps were also taken offline. Joburg officials claim that 80% of the city's systems would be restored and further protected by the time the ransom was to be paid. As of yet, it is not clear if user information has been uploaded, though the deadline has passed.


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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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