12.98m Cyber Attacks Recorded By FG During The Presidential And NASS Elections – Pantami

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Federal Government has said, a total of 12,988,978 attacks were recorded during the 25th February 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Pantami said, the attacks originated from both within and outside Nigeria, adding that threats to public websites and portals averaged around 1,550,000 daily.

He said the attacks skyrocketed to 6,997,277 on the Presidential and National Assembly elections day.

The Minister said in the run-up to the 2023 general elections, threat intelligence revealed an astronomical increase in cyber threats to Nigerian cyberspace.

“It is worth noting that in the run-up to the 2023 general elections, threat intelligence revealed an astronomical increase in cyber threats to Nigerian cyberspace.”

Generally, “it’s a threat to public websites and portals averaged at 1,550,000 daily, it then increased to 6,997,277 on the elections day, “Pantami said.

A committee was set up by his Ministry to curtail the activities of cyber crime during the elections which started work on the 24th of February and ended on the 28th of February 2023.”

Pantami said: “During this period, a series of hacking attempts were recorded, including Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), email and IPS attacks, SSH Login Attempts, Brute force Injection attempts, Path Traversal, Detection Evasion, and Forceful Browsing.

“It is worth noting that the centers successfully blocked these attacks and escalated them to the relevant institutions for appropriate action,” he said.

It is was recorded on the 24th of February 2023, the Minister inaugurated the Ministerial Standing Committee on Advisory Role for the Protection of Nigerian Cyberspace and ICT Infrastructure.

By Safrat Gani