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Nigerian government website hacked in gay rights attack

Nigerian government website hacked in gay rights attack

The official website of the government of Nigeria was hacked last night by gay rights activists.

‘Nobody should live in fear of being jailed when their action is loving another consenting adult, regardless of gender,’ said a message on Nigeria.gov.ng before administrators regained control of the site at 11pm last night.

The protest from a hacker called Paddyhack was against the Nigerian government’s passage of a law five weeks ago that will jail gay people for up to 14 years.

Messages urging President Goodluck Jonathan to ‘veto or renounce the bill’ within 72 hours were posted on the government’s website, Nigerian investigative news website The Street Journal reports.

The hacker threatened that they would reveal ‘startling but unsurprising evidence of corruption’ in the government if their demands were not met.

Hackers from the Anonymous hacking group successfully targeted the Ugandan government’s website in August 2012 in protest to the west African country’s anti-gay legislation.