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Anonymous hacks Nigeria’s government website over anti-gay bill

Country’s media claim it was the work of a ‘gay’ ‘cyber warlord’
Friday, July 5, 2013

DUBLIN, Ireland — An Irish hacker, who claims that he is part of the Anonymous hackivist group, took down Nigeria’s official government website over its intent to pass a law that would jail LGBT people for up to 14 years.

The hacker, identified on twitter as @PaddyHack, said he took down the website Thursday for several hours, posting a warning to president Goodluck Jonathan:

“Your government has passed a to jail homosexuals in your country for up to 14 years. Nobody should live in fear of being jailed, when their only action is loving another consenting adult, regardless of gender.”

Screenshot of hacked website

On May 30, lawmakers in Nigeria passed a bill banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders.

The hacker asked Goodluck to “renounce and veto this Bill… ” within 72 hours, showing “the world that you are forerunners of Africa, progressively building hope to the people of Nigeria.

“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 hacked website, Nigeria.gov.ng, is Nigeria’s official website. It is the equivalent to the U.S. top domain on USA.gov. and is managed by country’s information ministry.

A spokesperson of the ministry, Joseph Mutuah, likened the attack to robbery while the Nigerian press labeled the hacktivist as gay, ‘foreign’ ‘cyber-warlord’, ‘vandal’ who is apparently ‘engaging’ in ‘cyber warfare’ against Nigeria.

The Premium Times daily said the government spent over 10 million Naira (US$70k) for the management of the website.

In response to the anti-gay media hype, The hacker stated:

“The Nigerian Press are attempting to tarnish the name of the LGBT cause by smearing their name of the latest defacement of their website.

“The deface is a protest against the potential bill that will be passed jailing homosexuals for up to 14 years. Their only ‘crime’ is loving a person of the same gender.

“I am not inspired to do this because I am pro LGBT, I’m not even gay. I am inspired to do this because I am anti hate. Declaring gayness as being a sin is nothing more than hiding hate behind your bibles.

“IF you must follow the bible, just remember Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[a] There is no commandment greater than these.”

He added, “Contrary to popular belief, I and not unemployed, I don’t live with my mother, and I am not a 300lb basement dweller”

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28 more reader comments:

  1. awefull

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 8:57am
  2. Go Anonymous!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 8:58am
  3. PERMANENTLY, I hope.

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 8:58am
  4. gotta love anon <3

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 8:59am
  5. :)

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:00am
  6. yaaaaaz!!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:00am
  7. hacker is probably a tortured psychiatric mess, anyone that has the time to utilize skills like this only SCREAMS of SCREWED UP.

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:01am
  8. hahahaha Fantastic!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:01am
  9. sorry you feel that way

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:02am
  10. you know it!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:03am
  11. WAY TO GO

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:03am
  12. Interesting theory. I’m pretty impressed by the skill, psychiatric mess or not xD

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:04am
  13. This is awesome

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:05am
  14. I aplaude his motivation and if he has evidence of corruption, put it out there but cyber-blackmail isn’t right.

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:07am
  15. messed Nigeria so willing to want freedom willing to take others right away. they willing to take other money knowing they don’t have the same beliefs

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:12am
  16. GET ‘EM!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:20am
  17. Way to go PaddyHack :-) love your work.

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:30am
  18. Good!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:37am
  19. more power to you!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:37am
  20. Anonymous, actually did something that makes sense! good for them Nigeria should be ashemed of themselves

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:14am
  21. Way to go Anonymous!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:44am
  22. Good!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:49am
  23. i am huge supporter of gay rights but Anonymous is becoming imperialistic and pretentious.

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:50am
  24. YAY !!!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 11:08am
  25. this what I mean by internet safety -cadet Heil

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 11:09am
  26. Awesome!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 12:09pm
  27. I have seen travel programs filmed in Nigeria. The traffic and polution is pretty bad. They have conflicts between the north which is Muslim and the Christian South. There are constantly conflicts in the Delta area where most of the oil is extracted and the population living in poverty. Really? You need to enact laws like this?

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 12:12pm
  28. I love Anonymous!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 12:46pm