Survival International, a human-rights organization focusing on indigenous tribal people, suffered a “massive“ cyber attack last week, possibly originating from the Botswana or Indonesian authorities reacting to its campaign work, IT Web reports.
Stephen Corry, director of Survival International, called the assault “an expensive and sophisticated attack amounting to cyber terrorism.“
According to Survival International, the attack came a week after the organization reported on a video of Indonesian soldiers torturing Papuan tribal people, and four weeks after calling for tourists to boycott Botswana over the long-running persecution of the Kalahari Bushmen.
Survival International said it suspects Botswana or Indonesia of the attacks, which affected Friends of People Close To Nature, West Papua Media Alerts, West Papua Unite, Asian Human Rights Commission, Free West Papua Campaign, and West Papua Unite. d
The government of Botswana has refuted these accusations and said this is another plot by Survival International to tarnish its image.
“This is ludicrous; if we wanted to do such thing, we could have done so a long time ago,” the permanent secretary of the Botswana Government Communication and Information System Dr. Jeff Ramsay told ITWeb. “Survival International has been attacking Botswana for years now.”