Pro-LGBT hackers attack Uganda again

Anonymous hackers' symbol

Anonymous hackers’ symbol

The homophobic government of Uganda continues to be pestered by pro-LGBT computer hackers.

Members of the hacker group Anonymous said today that, in retaliation for Uganda’s anti-gay policies, they seized control of the website of the Office of the Prime Minister and the database of the government’s Justice Law and Order Sector.

They added a photo of the recent Uganda Pride parade to the website. By the end of the day, it had been removed.

This attack follows a similar one in June.

The Anonymous activist reportedly downloaded the databases of both sites and  threatened that their contents may be revealed.

A statement from Anonymous said:

‘Today’s hack and deface of the Ugandan Prime Minister’s site was the latest in a long list of actions against the government and infrastructure of Uganda for crimes against LGBT people.

“We will not stand by while LGBT Ugandans are victimized, abused and murdered by a ruthless and corrupt government. #TheEliteSociety and #Anonymous will continue to target Ugandan government sites and communications until the government of Uganda treats all people including LGBT equally and with respect, dignity and immediately ends the arrest and harassment of LGBT.”

The statement also included the encrypted admin passwords for Uganda’s Justice Law and Order Sector.

In June, hackers from Anonymous claimed responsibility for disrupting Ugandan websites  in retaliation for government intimidation and harassment of LGBT people.

At that time, their online message to the Ugandan government stated, “We have full access to at least 50 of your websites, and even more are being hacked. … This will continue until you change your ways. … We have access to your official bank, to your official news websites, to your department of defense.”

The Ugandan government apparently has not responded to the attacks.

About Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart, a 40-year journalism veteran, is publisher and an editor of the "Erasing 76 Crimes" blog. More profile information on Google+.
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5 Responses to Pro-LGBT hackers attack Uganda again

  1. Melanie Nathan says:

    BIG problem with Anonymous using this photo we are going after all who have used it. Its his face a copyright infringement and compromises safety of the man in picture. Please take it down . I am writing to all concerned , including anonymous. Anonymous should use a more benign photo not depicting a particular person

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  2. Dear Melanie,

    In response to your request, I replaced the photo that the hackers planted with the image of the mask that Anonymous uses as its symbol. But I expect and fear that whatever damage was done by the unauthorized publication of that man’s photo occurred as soon as it appeared on those Ugandan websites and cannot be remedied by anything that I do.

    Still, thanks for your protective advocacy.

    Colin Stewart
    Editor/Publisher
    Erasing 76 Crimes blog

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  3. Pingback: LGBT activists to hackers: Lay off Uganda websites | 76 CRIMES

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