The Federal Government says About 13,000,000 (13 million) hacking attempts were recorded, originating from within and outside Nigeria before, during and after the February 25th Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
A statement by Mrs Uwa Suleiman, spokesperson to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali PANTAMI, says the Federal Government indicated that the efforts of Monitoring Nigeria’s Cyberspace showed that there were threats. Still, they were blocked and prevented by a Special Committee on Cyber Security.
The statement indicates that in the run-up to the 2023 General Elections, threat intelligence revealed an astronomical increase in cyber threats to Nigerian cyberspace on public websites and portals, averaging around 1,550,000 daily.
The Federal Government, in the statement, says the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (NDEPS), alongside the Communication and Digital Economy sector MDA in line with this mandate, are constantly monitoring Nigerian cyberspace for potential threats and taking appropriate actions to mitigate them, both individually and collectively as well as in collaboration with other stakeholders.
Presidential And National Assembly Election Hacking
The Minister said in a build-up towards the 25th February Presidential Elections, the Federal Government inaugurated the Ministerial Standing Committee on Advisory Role for the Protection of Nigerian Cyberspace and ICT Infrastructure, which detected hacking attacks such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), email and IPS attacks, SSH Login Attempts, Brute force Injection attempts, Path Traversal, Detection Evasion, and Forceful Browsing.
In the statement, the Minister assured investors, businesses, citizens and residents of the safety of Nigerian cyberspace from cyber bandits.
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