2023 Presidential Polls: How Nigeria’s Cyberspace Suffered 12.9 Million Attacks
- More revelation has begun to emerge in the aftermath of the 2023 presidential and national assembly polls
- The federal government, in a recent press statement, disclosed that Nigerian cyberspace was attacked 12.9 million times during the election period
- It was gathered that Nigerian cyberspace was attacked 6.9 million times on election day
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FCT, Abuja - The minister of communication and digital economy, Prof Isa Pantami, has confirmed that Nigerian cyberspace suffered 12.9 million during the just-concluded presidential polls.
Pantami disclosed this via a statement issued by his media aide, Uwa Suleiman, on Tuesday, March 14.
As contained in the statement, the attacks ranged from within and outside the country during the election.
According to The Nation newspaper, the statement revealed that 6.9 million cyber attacks were recorded on election day alone.
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However, it was gathered that the federal government succeeded in foiling all the attacks with the help of related agencies and government institutions.
The statement as quoted by The Sun, reads:
“A total of 12,988,978 attacks were recorded, originating from both within and outside Nigeria. It is worth noting that the Centers successfully blocked these attacks and/or escalated them to the relevant institutions for appropriate action.
“The parastatals, under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, have played a crucial role in providing the enabling environment for the successful conduct of a credible, free, fair, and transparent election.”
Pantami credit President Buhari for success against hackers
Meanwhile, Pantami lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his interventions in providing adequate working environment and apparatus to the various government agencies that helped to impede the attack.
Similarly, Pantami hailed the contributions of cybersecurity agencies like National Information Technology (NITDA)’s Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Others include Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) and Galaxy Backbone (GBB)’s Security Operations Centre (SOC).
"FG Foiled 108 Attempts to Hack FEC Virtual Meetings", Says Pantami
Similarly, the minister of communications has made a shocking revelation of how FEC meetings have experienced multiple hack attempts.
Isa Pantami, who made this revelation while listing the achievements of his ministry, noted that most of the hackers were traced to Europe.
He added that in the past 42 months FEC virtual meetings have recorded over 100 hack attempts.