The Senegalese government spokesperson Abdou Karim Fofana said Saturday that all efforts are being made to resecure government websites after cyber-attacks for which a group using the hashtag #FreeSenegal have claimed responsibility in a series of Twitter posts alleging political repression in Senegal.
Shortly after this statement, the presidency’s site was online but other official websites including the government and finance ministry sites still appeared to be offline.
The denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks work by directing high volumes of internet traffic towards targeted servers in a bid to knock them offline, according to cyber security experts.
On its Twitter account, the so-called Mysterious Team group says its members are “cyber warriors from Bangladesh”.
The attacks come at a time of heightened political tensions ahead of the 2024 presidential elections and the June 1 hearing of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko in the alleged multiple rape case filed against him by a beauty salon employee – Adji Sarr.
The European Repository of Cyber Incidents, an independent research consortium that analyses cyber-attacks says the group is not well known but has carried out previous cyberattacks against the Ethiopian health ministry and Indian media.