Unlike many cyber attacks, we saw ours coming few hours after we published a story titled “Gambia’s Undocumented Prisons And Prisoners” last Monday. The attack, which came in a form of bug buried inside an essential plugin, soon shattered Kairo News website layout. Our attempt to fix the problem was like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. But our determination to fight back and get our site up and running has never faded. Soon we set our cyber technicians on a complicated and difficult journey aimed at recovering the site and its contents.
“You guys are smart enough to back up the site as soon as you sense the attack,” one of our cyber technicians said. “The goal of the malicious attack is to wipe out Kairo News off cyberspace.” Yes, Kairo News disappeared from the cyberspace for at least five hours on Tuesday. Instead of directing visitors to our site under construction, our url kept showing “Error Establishing Database Connection”. This meant attackers messed up our Cpanel on our hosting site.
The host was quickly contacted. After spending three hours of painstaking work, the nightmare remained. Our host company ran out of solutions, This forced us to contact the technician who had originally constructed the site. After some hours of troubleshooting and diagnosis, the site came back to life.
We are grateful to all those who have reached out to expressing concern about the problem. We hope our visitors will maintain patience as we embark on this most challenging development in our 11 months history. The challenge now for us is how to customise the site to its original form.
The attack did not affect our normal daily radio programs, as many people listen to them on Tunein, Shoutcast or Zeno Radio call.
In summary, we want to assure the general public that the malicious attack has made us stronger in our quest to liberate the imprisoned minds of our people. It is our belief that no one is immune to cyber attack in a world where hackers break into the website of the United States government. The internet is like a smoke because it is evident that no one has complete control over it.
We have learnt some lessons that cyber attacks happen because people have done something wrong or have left out something essential.