The Federal Government has said over 12.9 million cyber-attacks were recorded during the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections period in Nigeria.
In a statement on Tuesday, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, said the attacks were made on public websites and portals and averaged around 1,550,000 daily both from within and outside Nigeria.
Pantami however said the attacks skyrocketed to over 6.9 million on presidential election day.
“It is worth noting that our (cybersecurity) centers successfully blocked these attacks and/or escalated them to the relevant institutions for appropriate action,” the minister said.
He said a committee set up by his ministry to curtail the activities of cyber criminals during the elections started work on February 24, 2023 and ended work on February 28.
He said: “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, Path Traversal, Detection Evasion, and Forceful Browsing.”