- One of West Africa's emerging broadcasting powerhouses almost had its 2022 FIFA World Cup coverage derailed
- Togo's New World TV became the target of a sophisticated cyber-attack a few days before kick-off in Qatar
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New World TV's coverage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup was nearly derailed because of a cyber-attack.
The incident happened in the week ahead of the tournament kicking off in Qatar. The Togolese broadcaster is relatively young but announced itself as a 'big dog' of the media game out in West Africa, having parted ways with millions of dollars for broadcast rights in sub-Saharan Africa.
The channel's communication manager Gilles Bocco said to BBC Sport Africa:
"The technicians recorded seven attacks from different sources on Monday 21 November. There were viral attacks that reached one of the servers. People will get to know where these attacks came from very soon."
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The director-general of the country's sovereign cyber-security agency Commander Gwaliba Gbota said:
"We have learned that New World TV is under attack, so our Cyber Defence Africa operational unit has contacted the media group to see how best we can help them. We believe the prowess of the group in obtaining the rights to broadcast all the World Cup matches across sub-Saharan African countries does not please everyone."
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