Over 12 Million Cyberattacks Recorded During Presidential Election – Pantami

March 14, 2023
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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has revealed that 12,988,978 attacks were recorded during the presidential and national assembly elections.

Over 12 Million Cyberattacks Recorded During Presidential Election - Pantami

Pantami in a statement on Tuesday said no fewer than 1,550,000 threats to public websites and portals were recorded daily, but the figures skyrocketed to 6,997,277 on presidential election day.

The minister said about 12 million attacks were successfully blocked from within and outside Nigeria were recorded during the presidential election.

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,” he said.

“Generally, threats to public websites and portals averaged around 1,550,000 daily. However, this skyrocketed to 6,997,277 on presidential election day.

“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, Ppth traversal, detection evasion, and forceful browsing.

“A total of 12,988,978 attacks were recorded, originating from both within and outside Nigeria. It is worth noting that the centres successfully blocked these attacks and/or escalated them to the relevant institutions for appropriate action.”

Pantami appreciated the president and the committee for playing a crucial role in providing the enabling environment for the successful conduct of the election.

He commended all stakeholders in the digital economy ecosystem for their support which resulted in achieving unprecedented success.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has debunked a report that the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele is working against Bola Tinubu and is being aided by a retired Army General and a current GOC of an elite Army Command in Lagos State.

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