Anonymous claims hacking of Nigerian Government’s websites in support of #EndSARS

Anonymous claims hacking of Nigerian Government’s websites in support of #EndSARS

Hackers collective Anonymous Wednesday night said it has hacked “multiple” Nigerian Government websites as protests against police brutality in the West African country continue.

“Anonymous hacks multiple government websites in solidarity with #EndSARS protestors and retribution for violence by police,” the group tweeted late on Wednesday.

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The group created a dedicated Twitter for its Nigerian operations on October 12, telling the government to “expect us”. The handle is temporarily restricted by Twitter.

The handle had shared a pastern document that seemed to contain confidential information on police personnel.

Although, Anonymous did not say which websites were hacked, the desktop version of the Nigerian police’s website was down as at 12:21 am on Thursday. The website was, however, up and running on mobile.

Anger over abuses by the police’s notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) erupted onto the streets earlier this month, forcing the government to announce they were scrapping the unit as part of wider police reforms.

The authorities pledged a raft of measures including the release of demonstrators from custody and the setting up, within a week, of an independent body to probe violations.

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