The official website of the Federal Government of Nigeria, was on Thursday night attacked by a Gay Rights Activist in protest to the country’s anti-homosexuality stand.
The attack on the website, Nigeria.gov.ng 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.”
Street Journal gathered that the hacker had already issued a warning that the site would be attacked hours before the action was taken. The spokesman for the Ministry of Information, Joseph Mutuah confirmed the web attack, though he gave no reasons for the inability to prevent it.