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Anonymous Attacks Government of Angola due to Jail Sentence for 17 Activists

BBC reports that the Angolan government has suffered the impact of Anonymous cyber-attacker for sending 17 youth activities to jail. The group is believed to have closed down over 20 websites of Angolan government. Many of these websites are apparently still down after 20 hours of claiming the cyber-attack on its Facebook page by the Portuguese branch of the Anonymous hacking group.

Theguardian.com posted on 1st April, 2016, stating that youths along with popular rapper Luaty Beirao, were sentenced for 2 years to 8.5 years on Monday, which has been described by Amnesty International as "an insult to justice".

Beirao holds dual Angolan and Portuguese nationality, and enjoys loyal fan base in Portugal. Portugal was the colonial ruler of Angola, and Angola won its independence after a prolonged war in 1974.

BBC reports that the man in courtroom shouted "travesty of justice" has also received a jail term for 8 months. Angolan government did not comment immediately on the alleged cyber attack. The jailed activists claim that they were campaigning peacefully supporting Dos Santos, 73, to step down, and this led them being given jail terms from 2 to 8 years.

He announced this month that he would retire in 2018, but the announcement was received with doubt due to two similar pledges in the past. His current directive ceases at the end of next year.

Once news regarding the jail term broke on March 29th, the target details are posted by Anonymous Portugal like whom it plans to attack as revenge against Government of Angola. The list contained 28 websites of Angolan government; some of these websites have experienced interruption on the next day, whereas the others were marred with supporting messages of the campaign.

Two days later, the group released an update, increasing the targets list to 83 websites. Moreover, hackers in addition dumped what seem like databases of a few sites, which have no relation at all with government agencies.

Angola is a Portuguese-talking nation, and a former colony of Portugal that achieved its independence in the year 1974 after a long war for 13 years, and hence this may clarify why Anonymous Portugal stepped in for Angolan activists.

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