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Website of Jamaica’s First lady of culture hacked

DISRESPECTED: Dr. The Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley

CYBER VANDALS hacked into the official website of Jamaica’s former first lady of culture, Dr. The Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, on the fifth anniversary of her death.

The hackers, unveiled as, defaced the homepage of the website yesterday morning (July 26), five years after she died, aged 86, in Toronto, Canada.

As well as plastering their logo over the site, they left a message declaring, “"Welcome to HTEAM.US - we will not go down”

HACKED: What cyber vandals have done to Miss Lou's website

Staff at, an online magazine discovered the security breech yesterday.

"It is very disappointing to see a cultural icon of Miss Lou's national hero stature being disrespected by this regrettable act," said Mr. Michael Conally, publisher of Yush.

"I hope the webmasters and relevant authorities restore the site to its former glory and prevent such lapse in security from happening again," he added.

Ms Bennett-Coverley, known affectionately as Miss Lou, was Jamaica's leading poet, activist and one of the Caribbean island's most respected cultural icons.

Her contribution to Jamaican cultural life earned her the MBE, the Norman Manley Award for Excellence (in the field of Arts) and the Order of Jamaica in 1974. In 1983, the UWI awarded her the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters.

It is not known whether those hosting the website or the Jamaican authorities will restore the site to its former glory.

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