The self-described “hactivist” group Anonymous has hacked into two Ugandan government websites, pointing to LGBT rights violations as the reason for the action.
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 currently have full control of the President of Uganda’s website.
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 highlighted the encrypted passwords for the two government websites before going on to state that this will not be an isolated incident:
The government of Uganda will not stop us or LGBT people from standing up to their hatred and fighting against their abuses. To: Uganda → Equal treatment for ALL people, or you can expect us again.
Both the website of the Office of the Prime Minister of Uganda and the Uganda Justice Law and Order Sector were hacked. The operation also saw a picture from the recent Ugandan Pride parade posted on the Office of the Prime Minister site.
The message posted to the Prime Minister’s official website said:
“You have been warned, repeatedly, to expect us. Your violations of the rights of LGBT people have disgusted us. ALL people have the right to live in dignity free from the repression of someone else’s political and religious beliefs.
“You should be PROUD of your LGBT citizens, because they clearly have more balls than you will ever have. Real Ugandan Pride is demonstrated in standing up to oppression despite fearing the abuse, torture and murder inflicted on LGBT [people] at the hands of the corrupt government.”
The assault was carried out by an activist identifying themselves on Twitter as @DramaSett3r, who also dubbed the action as “#OpFuckAfrica.” The activist also claimed to have downloaded the information databases contained on both websites and threatened that they could be made public in due course.
The 9th Ugandan Parliament is currently in session and the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 sits waiting to be advanced. An international outcry stopped original momentum on the bill, while the 8th Parliament, in an extraordinary blunder, simply ran out of time to advance the legislation. Currently, the official word is that lawmakers still intend to press ahead with the bill.