The National Information Technology Development Agency’s (NITDA) Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team has issued a warning after detecting hacking attempts against digital resources provided by the government.
In a media advisory on Wednesday, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, the Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations at NITDA, highlighted the activities of a hacktivist group that poses a significant risk to Nigeria’s vital digital infrastructure.
“The National Information Technology Development Agency, through its Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team has detected activities of a hacktivist group targeting our vital digital infrastructure,” the advisory reads partly.
“The hacktivist group, known for its politically and religiously motivated cyber campaigns, poses a significant risk to our critical information infrastructure. Their tactics include targeted attacks on government digital services, using various attack types particularly DDoS attack, and they have a track record of successful attacks in various countries.”
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NITDA alerts the public to be wary of the occurrence of these attacks, which underscores the fact that cyber-attacks are not a distant threat.
It added, “This realisation compels us to recognise the urgency of reinforcing our cyber front, fortifying our digital defences to shield against these malicious intrusions and secure the safety of our critical information and infrastructure.”