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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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Tiwa Savage, Sauti Sol, 2Baba, Toofan & More to Perform at AFRIMA Music Village Festival

The star-studded event will take place ahead of the award show and includes a host of artists from across the continent.

The 6th annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) celebrations, which recognize African talent from across the continent, are set to take place between November 20-23 in Lagos, Nigeria. Several events will take place ahead of the award show, including the star-studded AFRIMA Music Village Festival which will feature performances from some of the top artists in the industry.

The show's lineup has just been announced and it features over 30 acts from all regions of the continent.

The AFRIMAs once again are not to be confused with the AFRIMMAs (African Muzik Magazine Awards) which took place in Dallas, Texas in October.

Here Are the Nominees For the 2019 AFRIMA Awards

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Khuli Chana Releases His Highly Anticipated Album ‘Planet of the Have Nots’

Listen to Khuli Chana's first album in seven years.

Khuli Chana's third studio album Planet of the Have Nots has arrived. The 13-track project features both members of his crew Morafe; Towdee Mac and Kaygizm. A-Reece, Cassper Nyovest, Maglera Doe Boy, Melo B and a few others.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. Despite this American holiday being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday—including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

Take a look below.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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