May 26, 2011 at 2:08 PM ET
A group of Nigerian hackers is currently attacking government websites.
Earlier today, NaijaCyberHacktivists announced via Twitter the takedown of the National Poverty Eradication Programme website, including a link to its work:
"http://napep.gov.ng/news.php?id=15 down..NAPEP has been hacked! Poverty Alleviation SCAM! You enrich your pockets at the mercy of the poor."
On Wednesday, the hackers infiltrated the website for the Niger Delta Development Commission, an agency set up to develop the region, posting a nine-paragraph letter protesting the N1 billion ($6.6 million) budget for President Goodluck Jonathan‘s upcoming inauguration.
The website was momentarily restored, but completely unavailable at the time of this post, apparently the victim of a denial-of-service attack.
Nigeria is both lousy with unemployment and rich in raw technology talent. That's a big reason those 419 scam emails are still rampant on the Internet. So named for the Nigerian Criminal Code article dealing with fraud, 419 scams offer easy money or love, or an offer not to kill you, if you just provide access to your bank account.
People still fall for these scams, even though websites inreasingly block Nigerian ISPs. Now, however, the country's poverty seems to have inspired some of its computer-saavy citizens to use their talent to challenge the government.
The new NaijaCyberHacktivists letter, posted on the Poverty Eradication Programme website homepage, references the N1 billion inauguration budget, as well as a Nigerian Freedom of Information Bill set for review May 29. Should the inauguration budget remain and the FOI not pass, NaijaCyberHacktivists promise cyberattacks will expand from government websites, to all financial institutions, networks and telecommunications companies.
As the recent crippling attacks on U.S. financial institutions, and the ongoing attacks on Sony networks by other hacktivist groups illustrate, NaijaCyberHacktivists plan of action may be doable.
Here is the letter currently posted on the the Poverty Eradication Programme website:
A letter from HELL
With great sadness in our heart we bring you this message.
The Nigerian General Elections of April 2011 have come and gone. But, yet again, like all important functions of the Nigerian political system, they have provoked violent uprisings in parts of Nigeria - this time, mostly in the Northern States of Nigeria - and they have left a legacy of blood and tears, and of inter-group animosity and hate.
Nigerians have endured it all - usually assured by political self-seekers and false prophets that such problems are temporary birth pangs of a new country. But the events of the past April, and of recent months, have at last blown away all this self-deception and we are saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
To worsen the matter, the FG is to spend N1b on Jonathan inauguration
An inauguration is simply an induction into office, the formal transfer of power to an individual AND NOT a costly long-running festival nor a series of open-ended events organized into convoluted books and chapters.
We, NaijaCyberHactivists are therefore joiningvoice with other well-meaning Nigerians and WE SAY "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"! WE ARE WATCHING and we promise that
1.) If the FG decides to go on with the N1b budget
2.) If the FOI Bill is not passed before May 29
1.) Launch an attack against ALL financial institutions
2.) Launch an attack against the epayment bodies in the country
3.) Take down the Networks
4.) Cripple the telecommunication companies
5.) Take down all government sites.