A hacker going by the name, More Anǿn, claiming to be part of the Anonymous Nigeria is up in arms against LAGbook, one of Africa’s largest growing social networks with members approaching one million.
In a message to TechMoran, More Amon said ,”Greetings World. We are anonymous (Nigeria). It has come to our notice that the youth of nigeria engage themselves in dubios acts all in the name of getting rich. We know that the people being talked about made some claims they were not supposed to do.
More Anǿn added that the founders claimed “Now, we’re all set. Development began. We started on a Saturday night, April 17, 2010, coding at a class at the Faculty of Education. While others were reading over night for the forthcoming exams, we were coding overnight for our forthcoming website.”
Anon quoted them saying, “Everything was done after a vigorous 4 hours of coding. We bought the domain name, on April 25, 2010. Everything worked out fine.”
More Anǿn has also issued a warning to the founders saying he will take it down.
More Anǿn says, “This is to in form you that the website domain www.lagbook.com is the only thing they hold copyright to. The code used on the website was provided by http://www.grou.ps/ as an already made self installing social application.
The owners of website Lagbook.com is to apologize publicly using your medium for lying about coding the website within 4 hours as stated by them previously. And give credits to the rightful owners. Although everyone can design a website, not all can provide the services that grou.ps provides. on the 31st of December 2012, the website www.lagbook.com will face series of attacks possible leading to a catastrophic shutdown if the owners of the domain fail to come out through the media to correct and apologize for misleading the public and other corporate bodies (research in motion)…everyone can buy the app at http://grou.ps/ but does no mean they coded the website………
We Are Anonymous
We Are Legion
We Do Not Forgive
We Do Not Forget
TechMoran reached out to LAGbook who also confirmed receiving the threat.
Chika Nwaogu Co-Founder, CEO LAGbook said, “The person sent me the same message. I know. Insane world. I’m alerted.”
According to Chika the said hacker, More Anǿn said that the founders, in an online interview with Nigeria’s Vanguard ttp://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/09/let-your-dreams-run-wild-nwaogu-twins/ claimed to have spent a night coding their website.
But Chika Nwaogu says the hacker got it wrong and added no one can code a social network from scratch for only 4 hours.
“ We never said we created everything from scratch, did we? And according to GROU.PS, “LAGBook has built extensively on the foundations of the grou.ps platform, showcasing the fully potential of what our platform can do.”\
LAGbook also according to their page on Wikipedia indicate that, “The site was built using the generic social groupware platform GROU.PS” (This line can be found on the History tab).
Chika told the hacker, “We never said twe own the entire codes.So I’ll love if you get your facts straight. We wrote most customization codes on our network like the “Self Run Ad System”, “The Friend Suggestion”, “The Login page design”, and a lot more.”
GROU.PS is a social groupware platform that allows people to form interactive communities around a shared interest or affiliation. The functionality of any online group is limited only by the members’ collective imagination and ambition. The GROU.PS platform can be used to create an online gaming forum, e-learning classroom, fan club, charity fundraising campaign, college alumni societies, and event planning portals.
Chika stressed to the said hacker that he had no point to pass home as LAGbook doesn’t deny any association from Grou.ps even with links of articles about the fact.
He said, ”A link to this article is on our network. If we are hiding the fact that we aren’t built on GROU.PS, we wouldn’t have a link to this article on LAGbook. This article link is also on Wikipedia. It’s nothing new. Everybody knows. See: http://www.lagbook.com/632871”
But the twins have also been coding. Chika Nwaogu adds that they coded the Friend Suggestion system on LAGbook: http://groudotps.grou.ps/talks/6832753/.
Here is a short excerpt from their exchange.
I think you need to read this article: http://www.nairaland.com/487343/lagbook-expands-include-all-nigerians
We said “Lagbook, which was previously built on the Ning platform is now built on a new platform; GROU.PS. It’s out there. Nothing to hide.”
we know you have got nothing to hide…but the statement “Everything was done after a vigorous 4 hours of coding” baffles our members
“Everything was done” was a right statement. Getting the platform and adding our own codes to it for customization and extra features, that’s everything we referred to. Nobody can create a site like lagbook in just four hours. That’s hilarious. If you are a hacker you know that.
We know this…but we think you don’t
We are not against your interest. but we don’t like people misleading others to believe what is not
this observation came from a source that felt it was rediculous to create your network in just 4hrs.
That is why a a review must be made to specify what that statement meant….consider it as a self proclaimed record. doing the impossible.
imagine we telling you it took us 80secs to deface the EFCC website….
Funny…How can someone write previously that it was built on the GROU.PS platform…a fact that is clearly stated on Wikipedia and later come out to make a self proclaimation of doing the impossible by coding the entire site in 4 hours…I believe you are intelligent but don’t let me think otherwise — CHEERS!
Last MAY we attacked the PBS website…and said tupac shakur was alive…..guess how many minutes it took us….(72hrs) so please learn to make the right statement and claims in other not to step on the wrong foot of the unknown……Follow this link and read your statement about (4hrs) http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/09/let-your-dreams-run-wild-nwaogu-twins/