Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Anonymous Issues Warning

For those not in the know, Anonymous is a leaderless group of online protesters who have achieved some fairly eye-popping cyber-attacks in the name of freedom of speech and human rights. Best to read their Wiki entry to get a better sense of their motivation.

There is one particular section you might find interesting:

LGBT issues

On August 2012 Anonymous hacked into Ugandan government websites in protest of pending homophobic bills. A message stated:

"Anonymous will continue to target Ugandan government sites and communications until the government of Uganda treats all people including LGBT people equally".

Parmy cited one research project that found that as many as thirty per cent of posters on 4chan fell into the LGBT category, posters often pretending to be the opposite sex.

Yesterday, they issued a new warning to the Ugandan Government:

Anonymous is preparing for its second round of cyber-attacks against the Government of Uganda protesting the country’s anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) legislation that would punish those convicted of “aggravated homosexuality” with life imprisonment...

Standing against what one Anonymous member called “bullying and scapegoating”, last August the collective hacked and vandalized the website belonging to Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi...

Before the end of the year, Anonymous has pledged to carry out an even more damaging cyber-attack against the Ugandan government. 

Interesting times ahead.

You can follow Anonymous on Twitter: @YourAnonNews, Facebook and via their website.

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