Nigerian government website falls at hands of Brazilian defacement

Filed Under: Vulnerability

Here's what the official website of the government of Nigeria normally looks like:

Nigerian government website

And here's what it looks like today, with a title of "Fatal Error ownz you !!!!!":

Defaced Nigerian government website

Fatal Error !
by Elemento_pcx & s4r4d0 ...
"Seja você mesmo mas não seja sempre o mesmo" ... G. o Pensador ...

The message in Portuguese translates as

"Be yourself but not always the same" ... G. The Thinker ...

Two email addresses are provided by the hackers if anyone needs any help (it's uncertain whether you would contact them for help regarding the website defacement, or to have the profundity of the quote explained to you).

Of course, it's perfectly possible that the email addresses listed belong to people who have no knowledge of the hack - but with the quote written in Portugeuse, it certainly wouldn't be a surprise to see a Brazilian connection.

If you run a website make sure you are doing everything to keep it as secure as possible - for both your organisation's sake, and that of your users. If you haven't already done so, read this informative paper by SophosLabs, "Securing websites", which covers some of the issues.

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4 Responses to Nigerian government website falls at hands of Brazilian defacement

  1. John Baxter · 1487 days ago

    I like the quote, anyhow.

  2. Kenseiden · 1487 days ago

    I felt a bit offended, since they are saying that the hacker is brazilian. Theres other countries that spekas portuguese, like portugal itself (and some other african countries).

    To be honest, though, it LOOKS like brazilian portuguese, since the hackers are quoting Gabriel o Pensador (A brazilian rapper) and their 'accent' looks totally brazilian to me.

  3. Mubashar · 1487 days ago

    websites are being hacked every other day. there suppose to be a solution to end this. Most targets are governments or multi-national companies.

  4. Jeremy Visser · 1487 days ago

    Funny, I thought the "before" image was the defaced version before I scrolled down enough. Such shocking design I'm sure it won't be sorely missed while it's down.

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley