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Nigerian Government's Website Hit by Pro-Gay Hackers


The government of Nigeria's website was reportedly hacked on Thursday night by a hacker demanding the government end its support of an anti-homosexuality bill, The Street Journal reports:

The attack on the website, took place in the evening and messages urging the President to overrule the laws were displayed on the site until around 11 pm when the administrators regained control of the site. The hackers protested against the 14-year jail term for homosexuals in Nigeria.

The attack came from Paddyhack, who wrote on the site that “nobody should live in fear of being jailed when their action is loving another consenting adult, regardless of gender.”

The President was asked to “veto or renounce the bill” within 72 hours. Issuing a threat after, the hackers stated on the website that “failure to follow our order will unleash a torrent of fury aimed directly at the direction of your administration, starting with some startling but unsurprising evidence of corruption in your ranks.”

The hackers also continued with an assurance as the message continued with “no need to start destroying evidence, I already have it.”

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    Posted by: redball | Jul 5, 2013 3:32:01 PM

  2. I agree, Redball.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 5, 2013 3:40:07 PM

  3. Totally.......hack the $hit out of these counties which act against us....Uganda, Zimbabwe,
    It's great to see those who have the skills to fight back doing so.
    Well done hackers.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 5, 2013 3:46:18 PM

  4. Next step, Russia!

    Posted by: Ezam | Jul 5, 2013 4:58:46 PM

  5. Next step, Russia!

    Posted by: Ezam | Jul 5, 2013 4:58:50 PM

  6. Next step, Russia!

    Posted by: Ezam | Jul 5, 2013 4:58:51 PM

  7. Next step, Russia!

    Posted by: Ezam | Jul 5, 2013 4:58:53 PM

  8. Next step, Russia!

    Posted by: Ezam | Jul 5, 2013 4:58:53 PM

  9. I gotta say, although I'm sure illegal, I get a little gleeful at this kind of thing.

    I wish some hackers would take on NOM & the Katholic Khurch.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jul 5, 2013 5:45:27 PM

  10. hackers my un-nerve me but I'm glad that there are those out there that are pro gay.

    Posted by: Fabian | Jul 5, 2013 6:05:28 PM

  11. Don't see the point of these hackers, or what they hope to accomplish. Do they really think they're compelling governmental change by doing this? As if their reaction will be "You've hacked into our servers and left a rainbow tag and pro-homosexuality message on our websites...awww shucks, they got us. We better go ahead and decriminalize homosexuality now!"

    Posted by: LCR Jay | Jul 6, 2013 12:10:52 AM

  12. more to a point they co-opt a website showing another message to people that otherwise would not see it

    Posted by: Tim doro | Jul 6, 2013 5:00:31 AM

  13. LCR Jay, did you just look at the picture? They clearly said they planned to reveal corruption in their ranks from evidence they'd acquired...

    Posted by: namesrhard | Jul 7, 2013 12:14:56 PM

  14. I've said it before, it bears saying again...the internet and cell phones have changed this world in ways unimaginable only five years ago. Rock on, technology! Hack away, hackers! :)

    Posted by: millerbeach | Jul 8, 2013 12:50:18 AM

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