Anonymous Hacks Website of Uganda’s Prime Minister, Fake News Posted
The hackers are protesting against the government's attitude towards the LGBT community
Anonymous is once again protesting against the Ugandan government's position on the rights of the LGBT community. The hackers have teamed up with a collective known as The Elite Society and breached the website of the Prime Minister (opm.go.ug) and the one of the country’s Justice Law and Order Society (jlos.go.ug).“We will not stand by while LGBT Ugandans are victimized, abused and murdered by a ruthless and corrupt government,” the hackers stated.
“#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 hacktivists have published the passwords that belong to the administrator of JLOS and they’ve defaced the website. The site of the Prime Minister has also been defaced to host a fake piece of news entitled “Prime Minister to acknowledge gay pride week.”
According to the false story, Amama Mbabazi has decided to show “full and unconditional support” for the LGBT community. He is even quoted as apologizing.
However, the last part of the article reveals the fact that it’s all made up by the hackers.
“The true sadness of this is in fact this conversation never took place, and all Ugandan politicians support the naming and killing of [gays] while we all stand idly by. Just like we forgot all about Kony, we will forget about this because it isn't on our doorstep,” members of Anonymous wrote.
This is actually the second message posted by the hacktivists on the Prime Minister’s website. The first one, published on August 14, has been taken down.
It’s uncertain at this time if the site’s administrators removed the statement and the site has been breached for the second time, or if the hackers themselves removed it and replaced it with the second one.
In any case, it appears that Anonymous still has access to the opm.go.ug website.