Ghana Stock Exchange Says System Safe After Hacker Took Down Website

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The Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) has assured that investor data with the bourse, as well as its information and technology (IT) infrastructure are in tact and secured after hackers took down the company’s website on Monday.

The hackers defaced stock market’s homepage with an image of a skeletal skull and thigh bones in green colour on a black background, GSE said in a statement in Accra.

But the GSE has said that the hacking did not affect any of the GSE core trading application or related IT infrastructure.

The statement noted that the incident affected only the homepage/index/default page of the GSE website.

“The index page is typically the page of a website that automatically opens first and contains the links to other pages of a website. The hacking did not impact on any underlying data (database, images, text) of the website.

The website is entirely different from the core trading application and related IT infrastructure. It must be emphasized that the hacking incident reported today did not affect any of the GSE core trading application or related IT infrastructure,” the statement added.

It added that the exchange has since deleted the malicious folder and restored the site back to normalcy.

The hackers, who described themselves as ‘Ali3x3w0rm,’ took charge of the GSE website for 15 minutes before the IT team was able to disable the attack.


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