The Anonymous and TheEliteSociety hacking groups have launched a joint all-out attack against countries in Africa that kill or imprison LGBT people in an operation dubbed #OpFuckAfrica, according to Gay Star News
So far websites in Botswana, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda have been taken down or their databases have been leaked.
The groups promise more websites will be hacked in African states that oppress LGBT rights.
Last Thursday, hacktivists hacked the website of Botswana’s Export Development and Investment Authority, and leaked its database.
Somalia’s TV Network and Gurmad company websites were also hacked.
Anonymous also recently hacked the Sudanese stock exchange in Khartoom, Sudan – leaking its database.
The groups also promise to bring down key websites in all African countries that imprison or kill gay people. Humantarian and human rights related websites will not be trarged.
Just last week saw the hackers taking over Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s website. They posted a fictitious statement on the site in which Mbabazi apologised for his government’s anti-gay stance and expressed his support for the recent Uganda gay Pride week.
“We have got to expel the narrow mindedness from this country, and begin afresh, starting with a full and formal apology to all homosexuals living in Uganda today,” Mbabazi was “quoted” as saying.
The groups also addressed the prime minister on the website: “You should be PROUD of your LGBT citizens, because they clearly have more balls than you will ever have.”
They further explained on Pastebin: “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.
Anonymous is a loosely associated group of ‘hacktivists’ which originated in 2003, which strongly opposes any form of oppression and censorship, and has been recently started to target governments which have anti-LGBT polices. Some of its members sometimes appear in public wearing Guy Fawkes masks.
In this operation Anonymous hacktivists are targeting governmental and national websites.
TheEliteSociety founded by hacktivist known as @Dramasett3r is a gray hat hacktivist group, which may technically commit crimes during the course of their technological exploits but without malicious intent or for personal gain. The group also opposes any form of oppression and censorship.
In a statement @Dramasett3r said: ‘Message to the governments and communications of Africa:
‘Allow myself and #EliteSociety, [to] welcome you to Operation FUCK AFRICA(#OpFuckAfrica).
‘You want to put people to death, and support the beliefs of the killings of the LGBT people only because they have different likings than you do, how fucking disgusting.
‘Let me take you back to the 1800s, when the Americans would infiltrate Africa and take people to work as slaves only because they were black. Your stereotypes are pathetic, and so are you and your security.
‘This will continue, until you change your ways and beliefs [against] LGBT. There is no need to put people to death for this, and we will not tolerate it.
‘Put this to a stop now, or else it all [website databases] will be leaked worldwide.
‘We are #EliteSociety.