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Over 12 Million Cyber Attacks Blocked During 2023 Presidential Election, FG Says

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The Federal Government says it has successfully blocked over 12 million cyber attacks emerging from both within and outside Nigeria, during the 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami who made this known through his Spokesperson Uwa Suleiman said the Ministerial Standing Committee on Advisory Role for the Protection of Nigerian Cyberspace and ICT Infrastructure blocked a total of 12,988,978 cyber attacks on Nigeria cyberspace and escalated them to the relevant institutions for appropriate action

The Minister said the Committee’s activity which started on 24th February 2023 and ended on 28th February 2023, recorded a series of hacking attempts including Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), email and IPS attacks, SSH Login Attempts, Brute force Injection attempts, Path Traversal, Detection Evasion, and Forceful Browsing within the period.

He noted that in the run-up to the 2023 General Elections, threat intelligence revealed an astronomical increase in cyber threats to Nigerian cyberspace.
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These threats to public websites and portals according to Pantami, averaged around 1,550,000 daily but increased to 6,997,277 on Presidential Election Day.

The Minister attributed all the successes recorded during the period under review to the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration towards ensuring Nigeria’s successful transition into the digital economy.

Pantami also commended all stakeholders in the digital economy ecosystem for their support that resulted into the unprecedented success, adding that the parastatals, under the supervision of the Ministry have played a crucial role in providing the enabling environment for the successful conduct of a credible, free, fair, and transparent election.

He is however hopeful that lessons learned during the process will be put to effective use in subsequent elections.

“As part of its mandate, the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is expected to ensure adequate protection of Nigeria’s cyberspace to a level that citizens will have confidence in digital services.

“This mandate aligns with the goals and objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (NDEPS).

“On 24th February 2023, the Honourable Minister inaugurated the Ministerial Standing Committee on Advisory Role for the Protection of Nigerian Cyberspace and ICT Infrastructure.

“The Committee, chaired by the Board Chairman of NCC and with the CEOs of NCC, NITDA and GBB as members, was charged with the following responsibilities, among others:
Monitoring of Telecommunication Infrastructure for the successful conduct of credible, free, fair, and transparent elections; Developing and implementing plans to enhance the resilience of critical digital infrastructure against cyber threats; Designing procedures and using technologies to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber attacks, as well as developing the ability to recover from any damage that is done quickly; Developing a comprehensive risk assessment, analyzing the nation’s current cybersecurity capabilities, and identifying gaps that need to be addressed; and Providing professional advice to the Government on the effective utilization of digital technologies in the conduct of the 2023 General Elections”.

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