Sunday, June 5, 2011

‘Why we attacked government websites’

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NaijaCyberHactivists say they operate as an anarchy.
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The Naija Cyber Hacktivists says it protests against government policies by hacking into official websites. Their recent operation was breaking into some official websites to show their disapproval of the N1 billion spent on the inauguration of the new administration. In this online interview, the group explains its mission. Excerpts:
Length of their campaign
There is no time frame. This is a new era, so we will definitely give the government a chance to get things right. We attack when there’s a need to. The last time we attacked, we protested against the wastage during the Nigeria at 50 celebration and the last one was ‘OperationSignTheFOIbill’.
Official response to action
A time will come when they won’t be able to ignore our actions. We’ll be all over them, eating deep into their hearts, poking at their vulnerabilities, exploiting their weaknesses, haunting them by our increased participation. Our mode of operation remains unknown. We act only when there is a need to.
Think of this... Is it the “insignificant websites” being hacked that will touch the government or the fact that an anarchy group which isn’t ready to carry placards and go round in circles is ready to fight them digitally?
Everyone is complaining, but how many people are doing something about it? They criticise the government on twitter, facebook, online blogs without the government even getting to read them. An awareness has to be created and that’s what we are doing digitally. And it doesn’t just stop at defacing sites... you ever heard of Wikileaks?
It’s all over the news that government websites got attacked because: We are protesting the use of N1 billion for a mere inauguration and we want the FOI - Freedom of Information Bill - signed into law. That itself is embarrassing to a government trying to redeem its image.
If poking at their holes will make them do the people’s mandate, then we shall continue poking them.
Structure of your group
NaijaCyberHactivists is not just an organisation with hierarchy and leaders. We operate as anarchy. And we are not just hackers, we are comprised of people from all works of life digitally fighting a general cause, which is “Nigeria’s liberation from Oppression” regardless of where we are based.
Membership of the group
You don’t expect us to go bring Chinese or Iraqis to come fight for our cause, do you? We are Nigerians and membership ain’t limited to location. No one else will create the future we desire for us, our kids and the children unborn if we (Nigerians) don’t step out of our islands of sanity to fix the ills we so often condemn. Another thing we’ll like to add is that lots of Hacktivists groups have shown interest in our cause and are ready to support us. And lastly, NaijaCyberHacktivists is not associated with any political or violent group.


1 comment:

  1. NaijaCyberHacktivists....Digitally fighting for "Nigeria's Liberation from Oppression"