caption of the Zamnet landing page

ZAMNET- Zambia’s leading Internet Service Provider, http://www.zamnet.zm has been Hacked. The site was hacked Saturday afternoon and at the time of writing the site  had not been fixed. The Hackers who are calling themselves 3RqU (Turkish) have changed ZAMNETs landing page. 3RqU Turkish are a known notorious group of hackers.

The  hackers have gained unauthorised access to ZAMNET servers. According to the new landing page that has been put on ZAMNET, the hackers claim to have root access. Root access grants someone the ability to control all the resources on a server.With this access hackers can for example delete the whole server, read all confidential information on the server or make alterations to site.

Most of the websites hosted by ZAMNET have been affected by this security breach and these include sites like Times of Zambia, Daily mail, ZNBC.

A request for a random page that does not exist on the ZAMNET server showed that ZAMNET runs an old version of Apache web server(1.3.26). A web server is a computer program that accepts internet requests.

The Apache website shows that the up to date version is Apache 1.3.41 which is  more secure.

According to some experts the old Apache server ZAMNET uses might not necessarily be the cause of the breach but it points to the lax in ZAMNETs policy on applying security updates to the software on their servers.

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  1. Does that worry the president? No! What is the net to an Afican president? All they worry about is how maize is dong in their farms. What a joke.

    Seriously this is funny! :d:d:d

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  2. There we go. This happens everywhere, even Pentagon or Deutschesbank are not hack-proof, what more Zamnet? I’m glad I don’t do on-line Banking with them.

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  3. You PF chaps are crazy, what has RB to do with this. Did he appoint the guys at ZAMNET. Do you ever remember him ever calling a press conference to announce a management reshuffle at Zamnet?

    Some of you PF chaps blame RB for everything, am sure before the day is out today somebody will blame RB for making the sun set at 19:10 in Lusaka and making Christmas fall on a Thursday on not Sunday when you go to church

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  4. #5 And you chap from Germany, there is no online banking in Zambia. WHat online banking do you do in Zambia?

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  5. HAHAHA.. who says there is no online banking in zambia..what about the business one ..what are u talking about? sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee if u not sure ala…

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  6. #9 MMD boot-licker, where did I mention that I do on-line banking in Zed?
    If you are too emotionally involved with MMD to comment on this, don’t do it. If you can’t take constructive criticism on RB, don’t criticize us. IF you open your mind you may find that we can learn from each other, and at the very least consider each others opinions in an effort to determine our own. I hope this message sinks down your cranium.

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  7. 😕 Give Zamnet a break. these things happen. The pentagon,which is far more advanced was once hacked. Let them learn from their mistakes and be more alert in future.

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  8. #15 Ok sorry I misread your comment-I’m glad I don’t do on-line Banking with them. I thought them meant Zamnet, but you actually meant the bank in Germany. Sorry my friend. This is real RB MMD we say so if we are wrong and I was wrong, forgive me ..good and the economist is in Charge in Zambia and watch how he stirls our ship out of the troubled waters.

    #13 which bank in Zambia offers you online banking service. Am interested. As far as I know ZANACO, Stanbic, Standard, Barclays , INDO, Finance, don’t.

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  9. If RB had provided all the necessary incentives to Zamnet so that it can provide better service, this would not have happened. Baice, Finance Bank has Online Banking, check your facts. MMD is still living in the 1980s.

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  10. Ok been proved wrong again. Finance bank indeed does have INTERNET banking thanks #21. As per MMD spirit, sorry again

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  11. … And for the benefit of Mr MMD……Online banking does exist in Zambia.

    Better to check your facts before displaying your ignorance to the world!

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  12. Bootlicker just because you were not able to do online banking when you left Zambia because you were so poor does not mean there is no online banking in Zambia.

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  13. not that it will matter but for your information all major banks do some of their transactins through webbased servers only that these are highly secure networks with high level fire walls. online banking does not only refer to the public doin banking it can also mean inter banking activities that goes on among banks.

    additional as an example, if u a staff of say finance bank u have accecc to your account via onlie banking. so where as this hacking has not affected banks for now it is a source of concern and action for the banking sector.

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  14. Nkani yalula …where are the computer geniuses of this blog so that they educate us on this one…how it was possibly done and how we can resolve it. Some teach us a little something on this blog. Remember to be as brief as the LT guys have been:-\”. This is your chance to educate the nation kaili!!!

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  15. Imweeeeee banthu u are embarrassing us..twapapata…RB has nothing to do with this. Olo nihatred iyi yeve yachita over!

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  16. #21. RB Bwezani

    What incentives are you talking about. RB has just been in power for a couple of months and he was busy with the maize and mines issue.

    Incentives take a long time to come up with. You need to balance your books, crunch the numbers and see the gains/loss and measure which outweighs the other.

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  17. Ok off my case PF cadres , check my post on #24 and move on. Unless you want to petion my post 24 in the high court..petitioning the obvious like your president

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  18. Just make sure your own computers are secure people – how many of you have the latest virus software in place, with reliable firewalls and the correct browser and file settings against unwanted parasites?

    Are your router settings secure, are your passwords as secure as they should be?

    Its not just big companies that are under threat!

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  19. It seems nobody is blogging from Zambia. Is Zamnet such a big monopoly? I did not know that. That means if Zamnet is down the whole country is shut down. At least as far is netting is concerned

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  20. Tried posting a link for N0. 39 (Information on protecting computers) but it seems that is not allowed on this forum – strange!

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  21. #43 missed its not a laptop. Coz you have a laptop you think everybody has a laptop. Number 43 you guys used to be Great Britain but now you are only a United Kingdom. No more greatness.

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  22. You can always tell when the ‘haters’ come out to blogg…I won’t mention any names. That’s the sign for me to call it a day. Continue arguing about history while the rest of the world is about to open a new chapter into the future.

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  23. I have to go buy ba shikulu in the village a bag of fertilizer, seeds, a new tractor and maybe a solar panel.

    I have to thank him for not voting for PF. With the way the PF cult behaves even on this blog, I thank GOD every single day PF never and will never have a chance at attaining power.

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  24. Yes the Zambia’s leading Internet Service Provider has been Hacked, this is not the time to point figures or turn this into a joke. But this is a wake call. If they think it’s not worth investing in network security, Zamnet system is will be hacked so often and be used as a base of attack against other systems websites hosted by Zamnet interfering with their normal operations. Financial Institutions spends as much money as the can for their network security by using use biometric identification as an additional layer of security remote net work access for Internet/Intranets such as online banking using business software. They spend billions. So guy if you don’t like to spend some money, you

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  25. ..you will need to this time to update to the version required. I don’t know how short your pockets are but it is what it is. Imagine, people keeping spending money on building a wall fence when they can spend money on other family issues. Why, because they need security for their families.

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  26. a couple of years ago Estonia was critically hit by a virus that took out all the governments infrastructure.it took estonia almost a whole year to recover lost data…of course the recovered stuff was irrelevant.The Estonian government blamed it on the russians…in our case i shall blame the plunderers xfc, ka ftj naba kabwalala bonse….i had always known this was coming..how do u have an ict policy with no proper guidelines as to how ict shall be used.anyway all the data shall be recovered if they had a remote server off site….

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  27. Mine stands for something too but as we have been discussing, this is a public forum. Your IP address is already known, now you’re handing over your name to go with it! I would rather not hand over personal details on open forums. Let those who wish to get them do some work instead.

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  28. hey number 39, you need to have anti viruses and firewalls ,as well as anti spywares in your computer and i mean the really good ones..lol am zambian too but i aint home..havent been there for a while and i miss it..zambia should improve on technology for sure, i have always known they are somewhat behind with internet tech..but phone tech is high..lol i dont mean in them making phones but the dealing of new phones coming out…i have seen remarkable but then that was way back i dont know about now.

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  29. #59 Why do I need to hide my name. Its just a matter of privacy. To ask for privacy is not to hide anything. Some of you always want to talk about IP address as if you know alot about how the system works and always want to tell people how you can reveal who they are. It will not make a difference if you reveal who I am.It won’t make any difference bwana. In any case bloggs are supposed to have real names. But since this is a cheap blogg site we come in at its level.

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  30. Keep your hair on gg, I have no interest in knowing who you are. My point is, if there are people with ill intentions out there, it helps not to assist them by giving them information when you do not have to. I do not know you, or what you do, neither do I have any interest in acquiring such knowledge. We are simply having a debate here. If you want to reveal who you are, that is up to you but it does not mean that those who wish to remain private have something to hide.

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  31. “Some of you always want to talk about IP address as if you know alot about how the system works ”

    And how do you know they don’t?

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  32. 3RqU (Turkish): A quick search on Google lists hundreds os sites that these people have hacked in the past. Zamnet is just one of the latest victims. I am sure they will tighten their security, although if they make too much song and dance about their improved system, they will only invite new hackers to prove them wrong again!

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  33. #60 Explain what all this technical jargon is,i am a layman, what would a firewall do in the case that a virus affects my computer,how will spyware help protect my computer and what viruses cause the most damage and at least list them.Don’t go about just blubbering,u are similar to some of our politicians who just use terms they don’t understand.Please explain

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  34. Where ARE Lady Chiza’s Legs? I’m missing them.
    I have two questions for Bloggers:-

    1. What is the best anti virus for computers so far?

    2. My computer takes centuries to shut down. What should I do to improve it.

    3. I hope LT will not be hackeeeeeeed!!

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  35. Could we have one person using “Anonymous”. Is is it lack of creativity. There are several names that could be used

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  36. Ba LT nabo ubufi. The latest most stable version of Apache web server is 2.2.11. Obviously ZAMNET do not update their servers. Even coppernet were hacked by the same people earlier this year.

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  37. #75 Lt is right, there are two series of apache 2.x series and the 1.3.x series which is a legacy server and still supported by apache and the latest in that series is 1.3.41 as reported by Lt Looks like ZAMNET was running the legacy series and one wonder why they never moved to the 2.x series. I think ZAMNET has alot of questions to answer to their customers. Am not one of them anyway

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  38. 72 try kaspersky anti-virus. here we dont buy ant -virus, we just make keys and use for free. no virus can ever attack my computer. i can give you some keys, and then you will never ever spend money on anti- virus.

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  39. #78 Not necessarily it depends on the technical expertise and how they configure the web server..I think the last paragraph of the article sums it all. It is not necessarily apache at fault here. There could be other issues that gave the hacker access to the server and once you gain access to the server, it really does not matter how secure your apache server is configured and what version you are running. I hope ZAMNET will give a comprehensive report to restore trust from their clients. I would demand the report if I were their client for sure.

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  40. Sometimes it is wise to put aside our political differences and find a lasting solution to problems.#54 is too dull. Please napapata can someone educate me on hacking, motive behind it,implications and how zamnet will win back total control etc.

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  41. kaspersky anti-virus is a Russian anti-virus and 2nd or 3rd in ranking. I stopped using kaspersky anti-virus about two yrs ago. reasons being:
    1.it’s too heavy a program for a simple PC.
    2.default security settings are hard tuned(a good thing but can be irritating if you know less on the whereabouts)
    3.too much tempering with the registry hence uninstall problems.
    On a serious scale, it is a good anti-V, better than the over-advertised Norton.

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  42. We need more security and whoever is saying pentagon or wateva was hacked shuld mind wat u say. There culd be more security in Zed than the so called pentagon.
    It’s a shame anyway.

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  43. I trust AVG free, its Very powerful. Full licensed version is also powerful, can provide a link for those who want AVG fully licensed till 2018. As Annonymous, 79 indicated above here in China we don’t buy such things, its home for piracy, lots of keys

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  44. Those of you who want advise just google u will find all the information you need such as hacking,computer security,anti virus etc.
    As for the hacking its time we as a country came up with ict laws.chaps at zamnet just collect money and overcharge subscribers and there services are not reliable this is a wake up call for Zamnet to improve there security and services.

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  45. 89 I agree with you on the charges. The ISP in Zambia charge astronomical fees. No ordinary citizen can afford to have internet in their homes

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  46. Zamnet are charging about $100 per month and they are revising the charges for 2009.Zamtel has cheap rates but most unreliable

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  47. # 9,
    Get to know developments.Stanbic Zambia has already gone online banking in case you have missed it.I’m one of the clients switched to the service.Here i’m in the diaspora for over 14 months now, paperlessly i service my business account online.Returning home in December 2009 i will have done a lot of transactions online.

    On hacking, it is an enduring new war even the US defense and Homeland has kept seeing as the new age challenge.Pentagon one of the US’s most funded and technically staffed bureaus suffers these hackings.There is nothing created by man than cannot be outdone.Chinese are the most dangerous pepetrators of cyber espionage and technology theft through phissing.

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  48. Good riddance on zamnet it was a useless site that did not get updated. I hope kachaka/ukzambians and the rest of the non productive sites get hacked.

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  49. There is no fire war or anti phissing software that is 100% secured from intended penetrations.Apache 1,2 0r whatever you think of are not insulated either.You can only be on continuous improvement mostly using professional hackers enlisted at a fee to help improve server or your cyber security on continouous basis.Thinking that if you instal multilayer security software today will immune your online service for ever is wishful thought you ought avoid because learning some activities will thraw into shock.every one’s cyber traffic is accessible and can be phissed.

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  50. This case shows the importance of regular updates and maintenance. It seems Zamnet wanted to scrimp on maintenance charges and they got the due pay back for that. This should as a lesson to us all. Ensure that your anti-virus is always up to date. have your hardware regularly maintained. Do not keep confidential information on your online computer. Try to save it on an offline disc (e.g. a flash disk and keep offline, until the time you need to access it. Simple steps like this can save you a lot of angst.

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  51. Hey People. This has nothing to do with anti-virus! Its simply a hacker using an opening in Zamnet’s firewall policies to gain access to the root account on its servers. What should concern us is the slow reaction to correcting intrusion and the lax policies in updating APACHE .. which BTW is free open source software. I play around with open source software myself and updating the web server is a walk in the park especially that they are not hosting any busy ecommerce sites!!

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  52. Hacking is unauthorized use of computer and network resources. (The term “hacker” originally meant a very gifted programmer. In recent years though, with easier access to multiple systems, it now has negative implications.)

    Hacking is a felony in the United States and most other countries. When it is done by request and under a contract between an ethical hacker and an organization, it’s OK. The key difference is that the ethical hacker has authorization to probe the target.

    We work with IBM Consulting and its customers to design and execute thorough evaluations of their computer and network security. Depending on the evaluation they request (ranging from Web server probes to all-out attac:)>-

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  53. The one.
    Thanks for the inform.
    You know what each time when I log on to Lusaka times, My anti virus and spyware or whatever start there checks. Its only my main computer affected and not my laptop.

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  54. 8-|8-|:o:o:((:((:(:([-([-(:d:d:):) and grow now n stop crying over dpilt milk. u go and google everything you and want to educate us, we know about wikipedia coz we made it. so just watch and learn imwe vibafana! sha!

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  55. FOR A CHANGE MOST BLOGGERS HERE ARE DEBATING INTELLIGENTLY EXCEPT OF COURSE FOR THOSE WHO ARE ALWAYS NEGATIVE AND FULL OF PARTY PARTISAN POLITICS. GOOD LEARNING WE ARE MAKING FROM OUR BRILLIANT COMPUTER WIZARDS! PLEASE TEACH US MORE ABOUT THIS HACKING BECAUSE ZAMBIA NEEDS A GOOD ICT POLICY OTHERWISE WE MAY END UP LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES WHO LOST INFORMATION OUT OF THEIR BEING HACKED! KEEP THE DEBATE ON!!!!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL YOU ZAMBIANS!!!!!!!!

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  56. 106 ako kanono ba nevers You always make my day, the name reminds me of the 2008 election period. Merry Xmas and Happy new yr. Don’t forget to wish good your friend Golyati Happy new yr

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  57. Pipo 2008 has been a long and not a very inetersting year. We lost our President LPM and we had elections and suddenly ZAMNET was hacked. What a sad year.

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  58. SUCH IS LIFE. WE LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE. THERE IS TOO MUCH TAKING THINGS FOR GRANTED IN ZAMBIA AND ZAMBIANS ARE TOO NEGLIGENT. THIS IS A LESSON FOR NOT ONLY ZAMNET, BUT ALL BUSINESS HOUSES. MIND YOU NIGERIAN BANK IS IN ZAMBIA NOW. THEY MAY CAPTURE ALL YOUR BANK DETAILS IN THE NAME OF TURKEY.

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  59. Guys to say that when zamnet goes down then internet goes down too is not the case. Zamnet maybe the leading ISp (at the moment that is) but we have quite a number kicking it and running smoothly. iConnect.zm, uunet, zamtel, real time, microlink, coppernet to mention but a few.

    So cyber life aint on hold. We still kicking :d/

    Thanks to my zed mate for explaining what hacking is.

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  60. # 114- Ubepelefye!!!! Zed has proper Bsc Info Sys degree you are behind my friend! The is also Bsc Computer Science at UNZA and CBU

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  61. In my view- it proved necessary to keep them on their toes. This breach will eventually result in Zamnet doing better. Nothing more than a step to better their technology. Hard luck Zamnet.

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  62. so for us inzambia where do we start from to get GRZ move on fast???

    Is it from the school curriculum or just from the top-get the ICT policy articulated- which the technocrats are busy with just now and we may have a draft policy anytime.

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  63. P.S. for the occasional ignorant bigot who’s laughing at Zamnet, FYI major companies (including sensitive ones such as banks) worldwide with leading technology also fall prey to breaches. So stop criticizing with stup!d glee. At least we are proud to have an ISP such as Zamnet which continues to operate in the Zambian environment which does not support technology at low costs for obvious reasons, i.e a clueless governement .

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  64. Thankyou #118
    Its knida funny the way we always have somthing negative to say about the news comming out of Zambia. I’d like to assume that the majority of contributers to this blog are Zambians and therefore instead of condemning and censuring any and everything about our nother land, why not bring to the table some of your good attributes and contribute to our sustainance and development so that we are no longer the laughing stock

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  65. It a shame to hear people in the diaspora say all that nonsense(and find pleasure in it too!).
    Its quite clear that there is so much knowledge spread amongst us but as far as I am concerned, the most kudos will go to the people like those at Zamnet who have at least tried to set something up rather than relentlessly be cynical and pessimistic. Pathetic.

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  66. These are the same people who think that residing in a town somehow imbues them with more intelligence than someone from the village!

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  67. Nice and educative information from some posters.
    Thanx and God bless
    I wish you all a blessed new year.

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  68. Nuff time unnuh realise dat de internet can be a blessing but also a curse. Nuff criminals minds deh bout de place. Nuff man a go cry, or like unnu always seh: wina azalila pa Zeddy…Jah know!

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  69. Very funny stuff on this topic. I’m glad to have schooled my self in IT. The biggest problem with ICT is security. In fact if anyone wants to make money in IT, just specialise in ICT security. You will have so much work it will last you a life time, that is until DRM (Digital Rights Management) comes into play. DRM is the next big thing that is coming in Computing. We will not need to buy and maintain our own software and hardware. This will be provided for free. But one will need ‘special rights’ to access these services. Don’t worry this technology won’t be with us for another 5 yrs at least. Zamnet should just outsource its hosting because they can’t secure themselves against hackers!

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  70. Like many well meaning bloggers have said,these things do happen even to the most sophisticated websites.So whats the fuss about Zamnet? You loud mouthed,good for nothing tweets! Offer a SOLUTION instead of showing your IGNORANCE ABOUT THE INTERNET!

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  71. Cyber warfare is a new war in the digital or information age, this is a war where governments, big multi national businesses etc can be brought down from someone very far away with only access to the internet,a laptop and hacking knowledge as there tools. China, russia, India and Isreal are the top hackers but the chinese are the most feared because they invested in ICT so much that they have become the experts in the field. Zambia should invest in ICT in schools so that the next generation of Zambians are not ‘digital migrants’ but should be ‘digital natives’. As a nation, we have to prepare for the tough challenges ahead of us. The information age is here to stay and we must prepare.

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  72. Other sites don’t take forever to fix that problem. Why accept money from consumers when you have a lackluster product? Why should anyone offer a solution as if we are being paid to do so. It is a competitive world when you fall short and expect sympathy then you shouldn’t be in the business realm, theres charities for goodness sake. Zamnet is just the spawn of zambian lazy culture where resources are diverted to useless things not internet security. What type of Leading ISP provider cannot provide backup and running despite charging extortianate fee’s.

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  73. Talking about security, does anyone know if Zamnet will be handling information about the biometric passports that have been introduced in Zambia? I would like to think not but I’m interested to know who will manage and hold this biometric information on behalf of the Zambian gov’t. What security measures have the gov’t taken to protect biometric passports against ‘skimming'(Look it up). This is the single biggest risk to biometric passports security. If the gov’t have not looked at this security issue, the people of Zambia will be in much bigger problems than they can imagine in terms of identity fraud and theft. Anyway, welcome to the information age!! **==

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  74. Suggestions and Solutions for the Information Age

    1. Gov’t should instruct education sector to start teaching via mobile computing using mobile phones which are relatively cheap and affordable. Laptops and PCs can be used for more advanced computing. This will develop a mobile phone literate nation ready to face the 21st century.

    2. Mobile phone coverage should be national (almost is) and broadband should be made so cheap that it should be almost free. This will help the people connect with the rest of the digital world.

    3. Let us build at least one institute sorely dedicated to ICT and other emerging technologies. The IT courses offered in Zambia are not enough i.e. IMIS, BSc Computing.**==

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  75. Hack has several meanings in the technology and computer science fields. It may refer to a clever or quick fix to a computer program problem, or to a clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem. The term is also used to refer to a modification of a program or device to give the user access to features that were otherwise unavailable, such as DIY circuit bending.

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  76. I’m loving this, when we advise about modern IT, ati becoz muli ku UK you think you know everything hahahahaahahaahah, besides the website was poorly designed and from that you can tell the type of creativity the designers had including security patch ups. I’m a network administrator of a medium size co but with high traffic, I can assure you security is number one, if you loose credit card or any other bank details for clients, you go in. all subscribers of zamnet are at high risk, especially if their visa card details or master card details are stored in the client servers or within the zamnet domain…..eeeash!!

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  77. Mrs Blah,2008 wasn’t just bad one of the achievements by ZAF was flying the remains of LPM to all 9 provincial capitals-ZNBC news ZAF Commander.For Zamnet this should a learning phase and enhence info security their is No. One offering 100 pcty info security. Zamnet should invest in contnous improvements if they are to reduce the chances of hacking.

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  78. A lot of hot air coming out of some people on this site. One would think we are discussing rocket physics. From what I have observed Zamnet is running its web hosting service on the legendary Apache web server which is in turn housed on a Unix/Linux machine. The hacker most likely attacked zamnet in two ways: 1)brute force method of guessing the password by repeatedly trying certain permutations through ports that may have been left open such as telnet etc. 2)exploiting a vulnerability in the webserver forcing it to run a cgi program with root access which program eventually changes the root password. Most of these Zambian administrators use simple password e.g their grandmas name which can

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  79. cont’d from #138…guessed very easily. They also unnecessarily leave a lot of ports open that give chance to the prospective hacker to running his password guessing program. Failure to update the webserver can also be a problem as some vulnerabilities maybe exploited. However, the Apache webserver even at the version mentioned in this article was very solid security-wise unless the chaps at Zamnet deliberately misconfigured it to be less secure.

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  80. Who owns Zamnet? Is it govt owned. I hope not. The folks in Zed are so complacent about IT stuff, I hope this will be a wakeup call. I mean look at how long the websites hosted by Zamnet have been down. It’s a pity they have the monopoly and yet they don’t seem to take advantage of it. If this was newyork times, somebody would have lost their job but I guess it’s in zed, who cares about the internet anway.

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  81. We have too many graduates resigning from Zamnet coz of low renumeration,let them pay the price for employing exprienced but uneducated personel

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  82. 2 bad 4 zamnet.Pls educate some of us. Ar th hackers demandg money? Y hack? What happens 2 institutions who where serving with zamnet servers? Do they have backups,zamnet?

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  83. #140/143 interesting questions. Theoretically hackers can hack you server change all passwords and lock the owners out and demand money, particularly if the owners have sensitive data and they desperately need it. In this case I believe the physical computer is in Zamnet offices. So the Zamnet guys can just go into their server room take out the box gain entry through one of the several back doors and reset the passwords again and they have access to all their data, close all the loop holes and put it back online.

    Hackers here just want to prove that “i did come into your bedroom and here is your underwear I got from your closet. I can get into your bedroom” Your reaction will be to …

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  84. ct’d from #144..to change locks to your house. The hacker just somehow had keys to your house.

    I wonder why it has take Zamnet this long to fix this problem. Something seriously wrong with Zamnet technical guys or maybe they have gone for a christmas holiday and that might mean a management flaw.

    I guess everybody gets hacked once in a while but the slowness with which Zamnet is solving this problem is a major source of great concern

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  85. Ladies and Gentlemen Zamnet is just one of the many victims of the Hackers, the list is endless e.g the Pentagon,The World Bank, Bank of America,CitiBank, The only different is the manner in which this whole sage has been managed, Zamnet has a management issue or the lack of it,Where is the leadership, First thing they should have done is shutdown their website and take control immediately, Where are the IT guys at Zamnet?

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  86. Please bloggers help, how can I use IT to investigate my boyfriend pa Zed? I have been away for too long and I guess he might be screwing somebody. I’m ready to pay.

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  87. ..84…ba planet mars 8-}… indeed u must be from mars….How can you say gve me those keys come on have some common sense this is exactly how you get spyware on your computer let alone trojans of all sorts.

    Very dull chap! Your computer s probably crawlng with all sorts of viruses,,,,:o:-?:-w

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  88. ChiefBoot_licker, you know more about boot-lick ing than sh- -t! zanaco.co.zm/billpayment.htm you will find internet banking. Us who use the internet for useful things than blogging only know the implication of security breach be it in your email or ISP. You should know what to say or just keep licking for RB

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  89. Number 147 lunatic girl(unique name uh!)you can consult katele on that since the guy is one of the beneficialies of IT technology of such nature.So start considering a flight to chienge

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  90. #152 move on man. Why be the one to beat a dead dog? That issue has already been settled. And I said I was wrong. Typical PF cadre. Still seeking the recount and talking about rigging in a obvious defeat

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  91. Up to now, the Zamnet still have “The hacked page as the homepage!!!”. Do they even know they have been hacked or there is nobody to turn things around!!!

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  92. #158 We know you are an i d i o t but stop justifying yourself. If I were you, I would stop shouting. Stop this PF nonsense because you thought you were being clever when everybody on here knows you are a villager who probably never had an account in Zambia sha! :)>-:)>-

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  93. 147. # Lunatic girl get in touch I will hook you up.The man is already having a good time, what do you think? All you want to do is make yourself happy.It will cost you get me at [email protected]

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  94. Zamnet staff are on holiday in Mfuwe with the President. Check back after 10 days when the holiday in mfuwe ends.

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  95. Zamnet charges a lot of money from its clients, they should use some of that money to have mirrored servers so that in case one goes down the other can continue running their services. It is very unwise to host everything on one server and then when it gets hacked all state media just disappears together with all zamnet clients.

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  96. Well folks, been educative save for political tones from some. This is health uko twafuma and that’s y tatulwila pa zed – this maturity. Those that do not kno more, try some googling and you get all the infor you need to be a serious computer wiz. Prosperous 2009 and I sign off

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  97. @165, Donya Donya! That’s right, several the sites hosted by Zamnet like ZNBC, DAILY MAIL,TIMES OF ZAMBIA are all down.

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  98. what has happened to zamnet is not a joke.for those who are taking this sad development as a joke
    i feel sorry for you.i have worked in the IT field for over 10rys and i have learned that there is not computer or network which is 100% secured.
    we just stand on guard to make sure that we implement security policies now and then.when it come to hackers it is not about outdated or modern technology it about being alert about security system on your computer systems.
    zamnet is a giant ISP and Web/domian host in zambia.zamnet has been in existance for many years and we can not blame them for this event.when they investigate this you will realise that there was maybe just a simple error while

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  99. when they investigate this you will realise that there was maybe just a simple error while managing there web servers.
    managing a web server is not an easy business.hackers can just get you the time you are updating and writing programs on it.
    if the hacker hapenes to delete the root files,application programs,etc then this company will be on great lose
    .its customers will also be affected.remember some government departments,banks,mines,media companies,and other big institutions are being serviced by zamnet.
    dont take this as a joke coz you will realise that when you report for work after this xmas and new yr break you will find your company has no internet and its website is gone,espe

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  100. especially if you are serviced by zamnet.
    my advise to bloggers is that before you begin making fun of zamnet find out where your company gets its services eg internet,web,domain etc.what has happened to zamnet is not a joke.for those who are taking this sad development as a joke
    i feel sorry for you.i have worked in the IT field for over 10rys and i have learned that there is not computer or network which is 100% secured.
    we just stand on guard to make sure that we implement security policies now and then.when it come to hackers it is not about outdated or modern technology it about being alert about security system on your computer systems.
    zamnet is a giant ISP and Web/domian host in

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  101. we just stand on guard to make sure that we implement security policies now and then.when it come to hackers it is not about outdated or modern technology it about being alert about security system on your computer systems.

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  102. Ali Mwila IT Analyst is talking sense. Lets learn to embrace views from other bloggers. Remain Awake Analyst Mwila. Great contributions

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  103. If hackers can manage to get into the “pentagon” and “nasa”,how secure would anybody expect zamnet to be.
    Its a wake up call though,close up the loopholes as much as you can.

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  104. LT, why blocking my comments? I wanted to respond to 151. Very soon I will also hack this page. Me I will not use modern technology. I will use an axe.

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  105. Bloggers,if wish even lusaka times can share with you what they go thru to manage there web server.
    i may not be the best IT Technician in the world but i have a prfession in IT.
    yes it can be an awaken point for zamnet but if zamnet hadnt been doing the best in its IT policies, it wouldnt have been in existance to this time.
    ohh you dont know that zamnet is the giant ISP/web/domian hosting company in the country?
    if one computer or just a server gets down in our network its something thats gives headache,now for this company whose servers is under the control of hackers is the sad moment for this fesitive period.
    those who are supose to advertise their product,news,ets wont do it.

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  106. i pray that God will give wisdom and knowleddge to the engineers to deny access to this hacker.
    for your own information bank of zambia site is down coz of this,other banks,etc.
    i can not go to sleep i am on duty i have to make sure that i manage my network,provide security to all the internet users and support services.if hackers happen to attack lusakatimes you wont have access to post those comments you have,so just appreciate dont misrepresent zamnet here.i am asking you to wish zamnet technician more stength and knowledge to fix thise issue.if they left a backhole by mistake then they will learn from it and fix it.
    they know there job and systems than anyone else here.

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  107. #165 Donya Donya, I think all that depends on what that hacker did to the server. The fact is that he by some means got control of the servers by loging in as administrator and got access to all site files hosted by the server. So if he wants he can delete them, alter there contents or may be just leave a message on the landing page ‘the so called home page’ as he did to the Zamnet. If no changes were made to ‘site file’ hosted on it, then they will work in a normal way. But they hold no secrets any more if at all they had!!! He gained full control of the server!!!

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  108. 180, you have spoken well.lets give our fellow bloogers this kind of professional views.you have my support.wishing you a happy new yr

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  109. This is what happens when the country is not up to date with the current knowledge in IT. The guys they employed who graduated at UNZA or CBU are stack .Their brains have reached to the limit,they can’t push them further. The zamtel management should seek knowledge from other people before things get worse. 🙁

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  110. 184. your flag Amuna, what have you been learning in RUSSIA OR WHEREVER YOU ARE? You wrote “The zamtel management should seek knowledge from other people before things get worse” and where is ZAMTEL coming in here?

    ZAMNET which was started somewhere at UNZA if I am not mistaken is not ZAMTEL! |-)

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  111. ZAMNET SITE is back on!!! The site accessible now. The UNZA and CBU graduates whom someone is despising have managed to rectify the cowardly act. VIVA UNZA, VIVA CBU.

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  112. That’s the problem with these boys who failed to make it to UNZA. They have so much hatred for UNZA. Leave our UNZA alone. We send you to Russia then you start insulting us..

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  113. this guy is not in russia.the LT server reads the country where you are subscribing from.for those using VSAT which point points to Europe,Asia,etc the server will read those IP addresses.dont be cheated brethrens, about these guys who want to pretend as if they are not in zambia.

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  114. Hey Guys, please realise what price we’re paying for this “service”, another joke of Zamnet!! They even
    raised their price per first of Jan!!! Performance over the last year was even worse than this “event”.

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  115. Oh,I guess i had taken a bit of Russian vodka( ??????? ????? )Its zamnet not zamtel.I heard the guys have fixed the problem.Thats good.I think they had to put their brains to solve it. I have no hatred for guys studying at UNZA or CBU.we all get the same knowledge and it does not depend where you are.

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  116. #158 always wrong. What PF? Whatever you think about is PF. I’m sure even when you feel pain in your a s s you think its PF coming out. You can type on a PC or laptop and thats the highest level of IT you will ever know. You are wrong again stop blogging we resolve the issue of you being online.

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  117. Last month it was The Post Newspaper’s site that was hacked,now it’s ZAMNET,a solution needs to be found quick.I wonder why hackers would target ZAMNET though? 😕

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  118. 192. and 193 Amuna, nice you have clarified you point. In fact, most of your characters who went to Russia failed to make it to UNZA like us. So be careful of the way you write about metals that passed through both UNZA and CBU.

    After all you might be given a Diploma instead of a Degree in that St. Petersburg place which is most likely University.

    All the best though and keep well.

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  119. 197, Thank you.They say, ‘the bird in the hand is better than that in the sky’.I was about to apply at unza or cbu but the russian scholarship was in my hands and i had no option but to go to Russia. anyway i will meet those guys at unza when i will start doing my practicals and not everyone who is in russia failed to make it at unza.

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  120. not everyone who is in Russia failed to make it to unza.It’s just this search for greener pasture thing(

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  121. 199. Amuna. Great stuff my friend. I have friend and family members who were instructed in Russia. So, I know the system quite well.

    Enjoy yourself there and make sure you get a Masters if your have the chance to go for it and also if you havent done one yet. It is safer to have one before relocating to home or elsewhere.

    Later. :-h.

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  122. The detective seems right. but disgruntled for what? has there been mass lay offs at ZAMNET too? or Are saying there don’t pay them well. 3RqU is a well known notorious group of Turkish hackers but any one, I mean any hacker such the DETECTIVE himself could have done this in the name 3RqU. This time you can buy an effective Trojan for about $300 from the same Turkish group. so why the employee? do you have a lead?

    By the way leave the sleeping presidents alone.

    we are on recess… what do expect from apart from maize.

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  123. Point of correction, the title should have read Zambia’s leading ISP “cracked” and not hacked. hackers are gifted programmers whose desire is to understand how things work. never with an evil intention. cracker is a much better term for evil geniuses.

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