Nigerian hackers are currently attacking Nigerian government websites

Image27 May 2011 - A group of Nigerian hackers is currently attacking government websites. Earlier today, NaijaCyberHacktivists announced via Twitter the takedown of the National Poverty Eradication Programme website, including a link to its work: down..NAPEP has been hacked! Poverty Alleviation SCAM! You enrich your pockets at the mercy of the poor.” @NaijaCyberHack/Twitter

The image placed on websites hacked by NaijaCyberHackists

On Wednesday, the hackers infiltrated the website for the Niger Delta Development Commission, an agency set up to develop the region, posting a nine-paragraph letter protesting the N1 billion ($6.6 million) budget for President Goodluck Jonathan‘s upcoming inauguration.

The website was momentarily restored, but completely unavailable at the time of this post, apparently the victim of a denial-of-service attack. Nigeria is both lousy with unemployment and rich in raw technology talent. That’s a big reason those 419 scam emails are still rampant on the Internet. So named for the Nigerian Criminal Code article dealing with fraud, 419 scams offer easy money or love, or an offer not to kill you, if you just provide access to your bank account.

People still fall for these scams, even though websites inreasingly block Nigerian ISPs. Now, however, the country’s poverty seems to have inspired some of its computer-saavy citizens to use their talent to challenge the government.   Continue reading