More Than 12m Cyberattacks Recorded During Presidential Election – FG

The federal government has disclosed that 12,988,978 cyberattacks were witnessed during the presidential and national assembly elections.

The polls were held on February on February 25, while the final announcement was made on March 1, 2023.

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In the buildup to the election, President Muhammadu Buhari constituted a committee to protect the cyberspace and information technology, ICT, infrastructure during the elections.

The minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, while giving a report on the committee’s efforts, said before the elections, 1,550,000 daily threats were recorded against public websites.

He said the threats rose to about six million on the day of the election. Pantami stated that an estimated 12 million attacks were successfully blocked from both local and international territories.

He said, “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.

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“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.”

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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