File Photo: Egyptian cabinet (Photo: Al-Ahram)
A group of hackers succeeded in bringing down the official website of the Egyptian Cabinet and its Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) for a few moments, a statement by the IDSC read.
According to the IDSC, the hackers were unable to infiltrate the main system or gain access to confidential information, where their attempt only attacked the website’s front end.
The governmental affiliated centre also pointed out that the situation was under full control by the technical team responsible for managing the websites, adding that the hacking was overcome through a security firewall.
Both websites are to remain offline temporarily until the technical team is assured of the website’s integral security status.
The hacker's group, calling themselves "Anonymous R4BIA Team," said it is not a Muslim Brotherhood group, but that it was defending the rights of the people who were killed in the dispersal of the Rabaa and Al-Nahda Square sit-ins.
This is not the first time governmental websites in Egypt have come under attack.
In August, the official website of Cairo International Airport was taken over for a couple of hours by a group of hackers commemorating the second anniversary of the police’s dispersal of Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda square sit-ins in 2013, both in greater Cairo.
The website was attacked by Turkish hacking team “AkinCilar”.