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20 March 2013 (CyberETH) – For the past few weeks, our web site has been the target of coordinated cyber attacks which caused serious disruption to our services.

The assaults on started in late January with denial-of-service attacks (a launch of an unusually high volume of traffic) thereby creating slow or intermittent access for some of our end users. The cyberattacks also combined tactics that injected malwares to our site as a result of which our end users had their browsers warning them that our site could infect their computers.

DosWe were initially obliged to shut down our services since constant monitoring was required and took this ‘incident’ as an opportunity to launch a new and improved web site .

We have also gathered technical evidences to determine the exact origin and source of these attacks and are taking legal measures against the perpetrators.

Launched in 1996, is one of the oldest ethiopian web site engaged in stimulating the growth of the Ethiopian Information Society and pionnering in bringing the millenary Ethiopian Alphabet on the World Wide Web. In particular, it hosts a highly popular discussion forum in Amharic (Warka). The web site won the First Prize winner of the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) in September 2005 and was selected among ICT success stories in Africa at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Since May 2006, has been blocked in Ethiopia along with many other pro-democracy popular Ethiopian web sites with an apparent objective to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime in Ethiopia. 

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Warka ዋርካ
the Pioneering Ethiopian Discussion
Forum in Amharic

The then-TPLF-dominated regime in Ethiopia was the first in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet .

Since May 2006, the most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation. The apparent objective was to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime.

Following the political protests which have swept the nation since November 2015, the regime has routinely shutdown the Internet and restricted access to Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber) and indicated its keenness to control Social Media.

On 22nd June 2018, the new Prime Minister Dr Abye Ahmed's government reported that it had unblocked 264 websites including after 12 years of blockage as attested by the OONI’s thorough verifications of our website’s unblocking .

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