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Citing Virulent Homophobia, Anonymous Hacks Ugandan Websites

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Monday Jan 14, 2013
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For the second time in as many months, members of Anonymous took direct action against a homophobic organization. Only this time, it was an entire nation’s government. The immediate cause of the well-known hactivist collective’s ire is a pending bill that would outlaw homosexuality and punish homosexuals with prison or even death. That’s only the latest of the East African nation’s actions in a war against homosexuality.

The Global Post has reported that Anonymous teamed up with GreySecurity last week to attack the country’s government websites. The includedthe Uganda Petroleum Exploration, Production Department of the Ministry of Energy, Mineral Development and the Department of Agriculture.

Two of the sites were left with the Anonymous logo and a message from the cryptic organization.

"Citizens and government of Uganda, take heed, Anonymous is calling," the message read. "If nobody else will take action and the government of Uganda refuses to see reason, Anonymous will adopt a scorched earth policy towards Uganda’s network infrastructure. You should expect us, for we do not forgive and we will not forget."

The groups also reportedly leaked and published the Department of Agriculture’s database, which allowed Anonymous to gain access into the department’s officials’ emails, usernames and passwords.

The website MyUganda.co.ug was hacked by Anonymous as well. The group posted a message and a photo from the funeral of David Kato, the murdered Ugandan LGBT activist whom many consider a martyr to homophobia.

"We have been examining your servers from inside and out for some months now, what we have found should have you very troubled," the message reads. "Files containing passwords in plaintext visible from the web, servers so misconfigured it is a wonder they even work well enough to be hacked, backdoors, spurious admin accounts and at least one of your government servers is currently forming part of a botnet that is now firmly under Anonymous control. Bottom line, we own you."

Uganda made international headlines once again recently after Rebecca Kadega, the speaker, or leader, of the Ugandan parliament, promised to pass the country’s controversial anti-gay bill as a "Christmas gift" because Uganda’s citizens "are demanding it." Bay men and lesbians pose a "serious threat" to the country’s children.

The bill is still pending, but even without it, LGBT citizens have no legal rights. All homosexual activity is already illegal.

Last month, Anonymous targeted the "God hates fags" anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church after its members announced they planned to picket outside Sandy Hook Elementary, the Newtown, Conn., school where a 20-year-old gunman shot and killed more than 20 children. WBC claimed the tragic shooting took place because of the state’s law that permits gay marriage.

When Anonymous learned of WBC’s scheme, the group leaked the church’s leaders’ personal information and went after the church’s spokeswoman, Shirley Phelps-Roper, by hacking her Twitter account.

Anonymous and others involved with the group vow to lead further attacks against Uganda’s online infrastructure.

Comments

  • BlondieSL, 2013-01-14 13:24:34

    It’s funny how things work out. I’m in an industry that denounces hackers, because usually, hackers are just out to cause people trouble for no good reason at all, other than to be troublemakers. I find myself very supportive of what Anonymous is doing. Honestly, in my heart, they are doing "the right thing". Sure, some may not agree with their methods, but I’m not having a problem with that at all. Taking down a few servers and popping good messages on them, doesn’t hurt anyone, physically... unlike the threatening nature of governments and people like Rebecca Kadega who are CLEARLY out to have innocent people hurt and/or killed. Their hate is destructive. So I say to Anonymous... THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION AND DOING SOMETHING!!! when we’re not seeing large, civilized Governments taking any REAL action. I envy the talent that they have to be able to get inside these servers in the first place and not leave trails to be found. EXCELLENT!!! Their knowlege is to be admired. Thanks guys/gals! :)


  • GT, 2013-01-14 17:14:59

    I couldn’t agree more. I completely. Support their action.


  • Unbreakable1, 2013-01-14 17:43:31

    Nice plan. Destroy the haters from within with the stroke of a key. One day WBC members will be wiped of the face of the Earth. That will be a glorious day!


  • stelmo, 2013-01-15 05:48:47

    LOL People’s lives are in danger and someone is more concerned about proofreading! gt a lif~~


  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-01-15 06:49:13

    How does one make a donation TO Anonymous and know if it reaches them?


  • Anonymous, 2013-01-23 12:28:35

    #Winning ?


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