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Computer Society tasks FG, State Governments  on #EndSARS  hacking

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The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has urged Federal and State Governments to take proactive steps towards ending hacking by suspected #EndSARS protesters in the country.

NCS President, Prof. Adesina Sodiya said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Abuja on Monday.

“The NCS has noticed a serious security breach in the country. Over 28 state public systems have been breached.

“As of now, at least 42 to 50, or more government websites are potential targets, there are also estimates that indicate that up to 30 government related sites have already been breached and more might be affected in the coming days.

“Government needs to act fast now before they start pasting our Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) online now,” Sodiya said.

He described the attacks as unethical, saying that the development amounted to unauthorised access to government and organisations websites which was punishable by law.

Sodiya said cyber threat included vast number of threats such as attack on physical system; authentication and privilege attack and denial of service.

“Nigeria might be under attack from both foreign and local actors, as we speak, both private and public organisations could  continue to experience different waves of attacks,” he said.

Sodiya said the situation was manageable adding that urgent measures should be taken to protect the country from more terrible situations.

He said that the situation if unchecked could reduce and undermine the country’s ranking in the Global Cybersecurity Perception Index.

“On our own as the major information technology society in Nigeria, we have increased cybersecurity awareness programmes among individuals and corporate organisations.

“We shall continue to take measures towards ensuring that we are able solve our national cyber security challenges.

NCS is ever ready to work with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) towards ensuring that we have stable and secured online transactions,” Sodiya said.

Sunkanmi Onifade

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