Uganda Police website hacked over the recent political riots

The Uganda Police website was yesterday hacked by a famous hacking group called the #anonymous accusing the organ of killing innocent Ugandans.

“#Uganda: Anonymous has taken down @PoliceUg’s website in response to recent violent government repression & killings.

“Anonymous calls for police to respect human lives and the freedom of peaceful assembly and protest,” the tweeted from their official handle stated.

The hack follows the recent arrest of the Kyadondo MP Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine in Luuka District during his political campaign rally.

The action sparked endless riots all over Uganda’s major cities leaving over 30 people shot dead and many survived with severe lifetime injuries.

Kyagulanyi was arrested on Wednesday and detained in Nalufenya Police toucher Chamber in Jinja district over the charges of violating COVID-19 regulations set by the Ministry of Health.

He was later on Friday presented in Iganga Court for his case earing and released by a judge on a non-cash bail.

Since his arrest, international human rights bodies, governments and prominent politicians raised their voices demanding for his immediate release and call for the stop of police brutality, violence and killing of the peaceful demonstrators.

In the same move, the prominent hack group “Anonymous” also responded by shutting down the Uganda Police Force Official website and extending a clear message to the organ to stop violence and killing of the citizens.

Who are the Anonymous?

Anonymous is a decentralized international activist/hacktivist collective/movement that is widely known for its various cyber attacks against several governments, government institutions and government agencies, corporations, and the Church of Scientology.

The “hacktivist” collective has no face, and no leadership. Its tagline is simply “we are legion”, referring to its allegedly large numbers of individuals.

Without any central command structure, anyone can claim to be a part of the group.

This also means that members can have wildly different priorities, and there is no single agenda.

But generally, they are activists, taking aim at those they accuse of misusing power. They do so in very public ways, such as hijacking websites or forcing them offline.

Their symbol is a Guy Fawkes mask, made famous by Alan Moore’s graphic novel V for Vendetta, in which an anarchist revolutionary dons the mask to topple a corrupt fascist government.

There following on Twitter amounts 5.9M followers.

The same group hacked the website of the Minneapolis Police Department after the murder of George Floyd in a suspected Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.

They also promised to expose the “many crimes” of the city’s police to the world.

In 2014, when the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted widespread protests, members of Anonymous threatened to target the city if protesters were harmed.

They then disabled the city’s website, compromising communications at city hall, and targeting the city’s police chief.

Later that year, they “declared war” on the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), releasing personal details of alleged members online.

Some Anonymous members also attacked the campaign group Black Lives Matter’s website over alleged “anti-white racism”.

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