The Uganda Police’s website is finally back 4 days after a serious hack which was administered by the anonymous hackers.
On 20th November 2020, was a shock after the famous cyber attackers known as the anonymous went on Twitter and revealed how they had hacked the Uganda Police’s website over the injustice and killing of innocent Ugandan rioters.
“#Uganda: Anonymous has taken down @PoliceUg‘s website in response to recent violent government repression & killings. Anonymous calls for police to respect human lives & the freedom of peaceful assembly and protest,” they tweeted.
Visiting this website after the incident would show a blank page known as the screen of death and it could sometimes display a message that website can’t be reached.
Further, it could take long to load up, which are some of the signs of a hacked website.
However, on Monday the Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga came out and defied the allegations which asserted their website being hacked.
Enanga said the website was being upgraded from a static page to a dynamic page.
“It is not true that our website was hacked into as rumours going around indicates. For those who don’t know, our website is hosted in the USA and what we are doing is changing from a static web page to a dynamic web page because it is more interactive,” he said.
“So it is against that background that the website went off yesterday but it is back as we speak now,” Enanga said.
In the writer’s technical opinion, the Spokesperson lied to the nation because the police’s website has since been dynamic in nature before even the incident occurred.
In addition, hosting a website in USA can not be a reason for the untimely display of the screen of death and slow loading.
Professionally, any system update or upgrade which renders a service inaccessible for a couple of days should be communicated to the public or avail a notification on the website which informs so.
The cyberattack was in response to the arrest of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentam the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate which sparked off riots in all the major cities of Uganda leading to the shooting and killing Ugandan by the security forces.
Anonymous is associated with numerous cyber-attacks across the globe. In June of this year, they released over one million files taken from hundreds of police agencies across the United States. The data cache, called BlueLeaks was dumped online on Juneteenth.
They have also done a similar thing to the Minneapolis Police Department over the murder of George Floyd, a murder which was administered by two (2) police officers.
With 5.9M followers on Twitter, the Anonymous identify by “Exposing Human Rights abuses from around the world, Reporting, resistance resources, & Anonymous updates, Actions Not Nouns, We do not forgive”.
Cheering at their action, Paposse Cal asked the hackers to also take down Uganda’s Electoral commission website.
“Thanks for the good work Anonymous. Unfortunately, the death toll has since increased to 57 and more than 600 arrested.