A group of Lebanese hackers called Raise Your Voice have breached and defaced a number of 16 websites owned by the country’s government.
The list includes the sites of the Presidency, National News Agency, Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, General Directorate of State Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, E.B.M.L. (Eaux de Beyrouth et du Mont Liban), Banking Control Commission, Donors’ Support to Southern Lebanon, and others.
Besides the screenshot of the Lebanese citizen feeding a fat man that represents the government, the hackers also posted the following statement:
To our dear "beloved" Lebanese Government,
We are RYV, short for Raise Your Voice, and we are simply a group of people who could not bare sitting in silence, watching all the crimes and injustice going on in Lebanon. We will not be silenced and brainwashed by your media.
We will not stop until the Lebanese people mobilize, demand their rights, and earn them. We will not stop until the standards of living are raised to where they should be in Lebanon.
We will not stop until this government's self-made problems are solved, like the power shortage, water shortage, rise in gas prices and rise in food product prices. We are RYV, expect us to break the silence, whether in the streets or on the Internet. Silence is a crime.
It seems that there’s a new team on the Lebanese hacking scene. It’s uncertain at this point if they are connected in any way to Mad HackerZ Team
, the ones that initially started the country’s electronic revolution
, but we’ll try to reach the hacktivists and find out.
At press time, around half of the affected sites were reinstated, the other half still being defaced or taken offline.
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