Anonymous hackers have claimed computer attacks against “more than 70” Gabonese institutional sites by pointing to “dictatorships”.

The sites of the government of Gabon, the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, the Ministry of Public Service, and at least those of thirty other Gabonese institutions were inaccessible Sunday at 13H30 (12H30GMT).

But that of the presidency was accessible on Sunday.

“Surprise and massive attack against the government of Gabon today. More than 70 government sites (attacked). All their servers and mail systems are offline. The dictators should have expected us! “, Posted on Twitter an account close to the movement Anonymous.

The presidency website continued to function as normal. “Huge surprise attack against the government of Gabon today,” read a message on a twitter account close to the Anonymous group. “More than 70 government sites (attacked).

All their servers and mail systems are offline. The dictators should have been expecting us,” the tweet continued.

Hackers from the loose-knit Anonymous collective have taken aim at a string of high-profile targets around the world in recent years. The group originated in 2003, adopting the Guy Fawkes mask as its symbol.

The mask is a stylised portrayal of an oversized smile, rosy cheeks and a wide moustache upturned at both ends. The Gabon authorities did not comment on the issue when contacted by AFP.

Voting in Gabon ended Saturday in the second round of legislative elections with the party of President Ali Bongo, whose family has ruled the country for nearly 50 years, coasting towards victory. This was the first time the Anonymous group has claimed responsibility for action in a Central African nation.

In August Anonymous hackers claimed responsibility for bringing down government websites in Spain, in protest at Madrid’s efforts to block Catalonia’s separatist drive.

“We are the Anonymous. We do not forgive. We do not forget.Fuck dictatorships! “, could we also read in a communiqué signed by Anonymous, available on the Internet and relayed by these anonymous accounts.

The Anonymous hacker group, operating around the world, specialized in computer attacks on government sites to convey political messages.

They had never done in Gabon, and more generally to a country in Central Africa.