The official website of the Lagos State Government has been hacked.
The attack, which appears to have temporarily shut down the website, was carried out today Friday, by an unknown group with apparent ties to the Shi’ite Islamic sect. The Guardian reports that before the site was taken down, its content was originally replaced with a message which read:
"In the name of God, message to Nigerian Government and State Sponsors of Terrorism (USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar): Boko Haram and ISIS are terrorists.
“They are killing Muslims and innocent people because of your dirty money. Hey Nigeria Government, you killed thousands of Muslims and specially Zakzaky’s family too. You are all terrorists. You are all murderers, God damn you.”
Ibrahim Zakzaky is the leader of the Shi’ite Islamic Movement in Nigeria. He was arrested in Zaria, Kaduna by the Nigerian Army on the 12th of December, following an alleged assassination attempt on the Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, by the Shi'ite group. Zakzaky is however reportedly no longer in the Army's custody.
Appended to the protest message were links to an SQL dump which the hacker claims to be the actual database of the hacked site. You can download the file either here or here. You will need to upload it unto a database to access it.
It is unclear why the attack is aimed at the Lagos State Government, seeing as the bone of contention is primarily with the Nigerian Army, a body which is answerable to the Federal Government.