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  • The hacktivist group known as Anonymous has declared war on the Nigerian government.

    The hacktivist group known as Anonymous has declared war on the Nigerian government. | Photo: Reuters

Published 8 January 2016

The hacker collective “Anonymous” hacked several Nigerian government websites Friday.

The hacktivist group known as Anonymous waged a new cyber war campaign against the Nigerian government Friday, calling on Lagos to combat corruption and widespread poverty throughout the country.

The online activist collective made the announcement via one of its main Twitter accounts, saying it had hacked the websites of four government ministries including the Nigerian Ministry of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Justice as well as the Federal Capital Territory Administration.

In their announcement via Twitter, the hacker collective threatened to “leak their data” if government officials do not address these grievances.

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This is not the first time Anonymous has targeted the Nigerian government. In 2013, a self-proclaimed member of the collective shut down the Nigerian government’s website over a proposal to approve a law that would incarcerate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for as long as 14 years.

Since its creation Anonymous has targeted both governments and private computer networks. Earlier this week, the collective attacked at least 14 Thai police websites to oppose death sentences issued to two Myanmar migrant workers in the 2014 murders of two British tourists.

Similarly, immediately following the Paris attacks carried out by the Islamic State group, the online hacker group declared in a video that it would launch its “biggest operation ever” against the extremist group.

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