On Friday, the renown hacktivist group, Anonymous, hacked numerous Nigerian government websites. They called on the government to purge the country of corruption and to rid the nation of poverty.
The movement has been dubbed “Operation Nigeria” and was announced on Twitter along with various other Anonymous controlled websites.
“Let them see that we have Anonymous Nigeria,” they wrote, “… Let them know we are anonymous, we are legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget, they should have expected us.”
The group have referenced allegations of stolen oil money as well as disappeared public funds, reported This Day. They targeted several websites controlled by the Nigerian government, including the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, the Ministry of Justice, Nigeria’s National Institute for Legislative Studies, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria’s Customs Administration.
Telesurtv reported that Anonymous announced they would “leak their (the government’s) data” should they refuse to address these issues.
Reportedly, this is not the first time the group has hacked the Nigerian government. In 2013 a hacker who claimed to be part of Anonymous closed the government’s website protesting the new law proposed that would imprison lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender up to 14 years.