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Sudan Tribune website hacked; Machar not target of assassination attempt


April 2, 2014 (PARIS) – Sudan Tribune would like to clarify that a fake report published on Tuesday stating that former South Sudan vice-president and leader of the SPLM in Opposition Riek Machar was assassinated was a result to the site being hacked apparently in an April Fool’s Day prank done in an extremely poor taste.

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The unidentified hacker got access to the webmaster account after which they disabled passwords of the entire staff and access to the site was suspended.

The decision was taken to shut down the server to allow the site to be repaired and the false post removed.

Machar is in fact alive and well and there was no basis for the report published.

Sudan Tribune takes the ethics and journalism codes of practice very seriously, but unfortunately this incident occurred due to circumstances beyond our control. We join a long list of news organizations such as the New York Times and Associated Press who fell victim to hackers.

We apologise unreservedly for any distress this may have caused.


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  • 2 April 2014 06:45, by Mi diit

    Thank you Sudan Tribune for the clarifications. It was not your fault. We knew it was the work of the devils in Juba. They paid those criminals to hack your website; also they want to discredit its most truthful news. This is an assassination attempt on Sudan Tribune, not on Dr. Machar. But be careful with whoever has access to your password next time.

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    • 2 April 2014 08:28, by Johndumo14

      There is no smoke without fire .If it is not a true story about Dr Riek`s death,but for sure 90 percent of South sudanese want this man death,is only Nuer supports him!!WHEN PEOPLE WISHING you bad luck,it will happen.What happened to SPLA GENERAL Kerubino kuanyin bol,,will happen to Dr Riek Machar soon.

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  • 2 April 2014 07:03, by Augustino

    Thank God He is alive I personally do not want leaders to die but to reshape them for better leadership. To day he is bad but what about tomorrow? differences should not be use as tools for hatred between brothers and sisters. let us looking for peaceful means of solving our problems. Thanks all

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    • 2 April 2014 07:36, by dinkdong

      Augustino, you are full of craps. If there are people I wish they die, it is Kiir and Riek. Those sons of bitches don’t care about other people lives.

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  • 2 April 2014 07:23, by Jalaby

    and you’re confident,you also put Machar picture at the right side of the report and put his date of birth & date of death beneath his picture to confirm that he has gone for good
    I condemn hacking the website but I hope you learn the lesson now and not bringing any report unless you have the evidence otherwise you lose your credibility and be good subject for joke!

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  • 2 April 2014 07:49, by Jalaby

    Frankly speaking, I won’t be taken by a surprise if Machar or Kiir is gunned down because if you make a flash back to the south history then it’s very rich of political assassination and it’s part of their culture and opposite of the north, political assassination in Sudan doesn’t exist and if it does then very .. very rare cases!

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    • 2 April 2014 08:13, by Emporio

      @ jalaby most of southern sudanese leaders had been assassinated by northern thugs during the struggle and you guys adopted that culture from middleast never exist in south political arena stop spreading liar there’s no different between you and the hacker who done hacking on site

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    • 2 April 2014 09:59, by Jalaby

      Leaders of south rebels were all gunned down by their own people and Khartoum was innocent from painting its hand with their bloods, these leaders were all gunned down: Akot Atem, Samuel Gai Tut, William Chol, William Nyuon Bany, Major Kerubino Kuanyin Bol, and the fuzzy death of Dr. John Garang!

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  • 2 April 2014 08:22, by 4Justice

    Something for hate filled Idol Worshippers wishing their enemy DEATH

    The word of the living GOD says:

    Proverbs 24:17 (KJV) Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

    Matthew 5:44 (KJV) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

    ****Warning: If Demons inside you are irritated by my posts, DO NOT READ MY COMMENTS OK!****

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    • 2 April 2014 08:49, by dinkdong

      Do you love Satan? Why does God hate Satan and it is his enemy? You are a religious fool!

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      • 2 April 2014 09:40, by 4Justice

        See, I warned you! there is fire [HolyGhostFire] in my posts, now you’re are manifesting on me. Miidit can yo kindly offer DingDong English Comprehension Lessons?

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  • 2 April 2014 14:11, by siddaw

    I’ve said earlier that the languages used by the Sudan Tribune to code their website is shallow & simple. They could have called an IT expert like me to assist them in any way possible, to curb these senseless hackings.

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