- The CBN's official website is very secure, no one hacked it
- This was the position of the apex bank's corporate affairs department on Saturday, October 17
- The bank called on stakeholders to disregard the report that has already gone viral online
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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reacted to viral online claims that its official website has been hacked by Anonymous, an online network notorious for unleashing cyberattacks against government institutions.
A statement by the CBN's acting director of corporate affairs, Osita Nwanisobi, on Saturday, October 17, denied the report, stating in clear terms that the apex bank's website is secure.
Describing the claim as false, the CBN in the statement assured Nigerians that there is no cause for alarm.
The statement partly read:
“Contrary to claims in the social media alleging that the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been breached by malicious persons, we wish to state categorically that our website is secure.
“We also wish to advise the online community to desist from peddling fake news aimed at undermining the integrity of the CBN, which is our collective asset.”
Meanwhile, Nigerians expressed dissatisfaction over new foreign exchange restrictions imposed on bank customers by the CBN.
Majority of bank customers with domiciliary accounts are barred from effecting direct FX transfers to third parties and/or withdrawing their own dollars over the counter under the new restrictions.
Speaking on the new policy, the founder of the financial advisory portal, The Money Africa, Oluwatosin Olaseinde, took to Twitter to lament the new policy on Tuesday, September 22.
“We have just been informed that customers can no longer effect FX transfers directly to third parties. Customers can only sell such funds to the bank. Consequently, FX transfers will be disabled on internet banking.”
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