The Federal Government through the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has revealed that a total of 12.9 million cyberattacks were recorded from within and outside the country during the just concluded February 25th, 2023 Presidential and National Assembly polls. 

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami,

According to him, no fewer than 1,550,000 threats to public websites and portals were recorded daily, adding that the figures skyrocketed to 6,997,277 on presidential election day.

In a statement on Tuesday 14th March, 2023, the spokesperson for the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mrs. Uwa Sulaiman, noted that during this period, a series of hacking attempts were recorded, including Distributed Denial of Service, email, and IPS attacks, SSH Login Attempts, Brute force Injection attempts, Path Traversal, Detection Evasion, and Forceful Browsing.

The statement noted that the minister had directed all the parastatals to enhance their 24/7 monitoring of the networks and traffic for potential attacks from 24th February, 2023 to 27th February, 2023, adding that on 24th February, 2023, Pantami 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.

The Communications and Digital Economy Minister nevertheless guaranteed investors, businesses and citizens of the safety of Nigerian cyberspace from cyber bandits.

Story: Ralia Adama