By Ivan Mwine
Hackers who are against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have started attacking Ugandan government media platforms in a bid to spread their propaganda.
The latest institution that has been attacked is the Government Citizens Interaction Centre (GCIC), whose twitter account has since been hacked.
The hacking of the twitter account for GCIC was confirmed by the institution’s Principal Communications Officer Robert Mugabe, who tweeted Wednesday thus; “Our Official account @GCICUganda has been hacked. Please disregard any communication from this handle until further notice.”
When our reporters checked out the twitter account, the following message displayed;
we together with the Ukrainian TV channel “1+1” announced an aid fund to support the Ukrainian army against invaders!
All money sent to the Ukrainian army relief fund will be given directly to the army. Site: http://StopWar.help”
However, Mugabe did not reveal who exactly hacked the GCIC, although the link supplied by the hackers leads to a Ukranian website.
It should be noted however that ever since Russia invade Ukraine, international hacking group Anonymous has been hacking into Russian websites and social media accounts, plus those of its international allies.
Popularly known as ‘Hackivists’, the group that claims to be fighting a cyber war against Russia have in the past few days hacked almost all Russian digital media outlets and government institutions, leaking highly confidential and classified information.
“When Russia invaded Ukraine, we declared cyberwar against Government of Russia and to man himself, Vladimir Putin. It has indeed had some effect on them, but now we’ll have to prepare for the last push,” said an #OpRussia open letter attributed to Anonymous, GhostSec, SHDWSec and Squad303 posted online.
“He isn’t giving up on taking over Ukraine. We must hit them so hard, that it’ll paralyze their whole system,” the letter added.
“Putin cannot end the war in Ukraine until he has annexed it, or he is forced to. And NATO and EU won’t be the ones stopping it. We have seen that already. So now, we must act. We must stop this war by any means necessary,” Anonymous vowed.
Anonymous is a decentralized international activist- and hacktivist collective and movement primarily known for its various cyberattacks against several governments, government institutions and government agencies, corporations and the Church of Scientology.
Anonymous originated in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an “anarchic”, digitized “global brain” or “hivemind”.
Anonymous members (known as anons) can sometimes be distinguished in public by the wearing of Guy Fawkes masks in the style portrayed in the graphic novel and film V for Vendetta.
Some anons also opt to mask their voices through voice changers or text-to-speech programs.
It should be noted that a few days ago some high profile government individuals expressed support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a move that is likely to make Uganda a target for hackers.