Cyber activists or "hacktivists" have attacked government websites across Africa to protest anti-LGBT laws that discriminate, imprison or even condemn gays and lesbians across the continent, reports Gay Star News, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and Zambian Watchdog. The coordinated attacks have targeted Botswana, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda in an operation known as #OpFuckAfrica.
The Anonymous and TheEliteSociety hacking groups have launched a joint all-out attack against countries in Africa that kill or imprison LGBT people. 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.
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.
The hacktivists have apparently singled out Sudan for the most damage. Sudan is one of four African nations that boast the death penalty for gays or same-sex activity. The other three are Mauritania, Nigeria and Somalia. "Cyber activists have hacked 73 official government websites in Sudan, including the president's, as they continue to demand LGBT people in Africa are given rights," reports Gay Star News.
Last week's cyber-attack against the Ugandan governement targeted 'the prime minister's office, Parliament, the Uganda Securities Exchange and Uganda Law Society, a government statement said," according to Radio Netherlands Worldwide.
Homosexuality is punishable by up to life in prison in Uganda, which has been condemned by the international community for its state-sponsored anti-gay terror campaign. Parliament has revived the extreme Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which seeks the death penalty or life imprisonment for anyone caught engaging in homosexual acts for a second time.
Same-sex acts are currently illegal in at least 38 of 54 African countries. South Africa and Seychelles are the only African nations that protect LGBT rights. SA is also the only African nation to guarantee marriage equality and gay adoption.