2023 elections: Hackers made 27.9m attempts at government websites, portals

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Abuja, March 14, 2023 – There were 12.9 million attempts to hack into government websites and portals in weeks to the 2023 general elections.

Uwa Sulaiman, Spokesman for the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, said this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday

According to the ministry, in the run-up to the 2023 general elections, intelligence revealed an astronomical increase in cyber threats to Nigerian cyberspace.

The ministry said threats to public websites and portals averaged around 1,550,000 daily, adding that it rose to 6,997,277 on presidential election day.

The ministry, however, said all the attacks were blocked by relevant agencies under its supervision.

It vowed to protect the Nigerian cyberspace from attacks during the forthcoming gubernatorial election.

The ministry said it was working to ensure a “safe and secure cyberspace for Nigerians before, during and after the 2023 elections.” (GBN)

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