Comm Minister Cautions Against Cyberattacks
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami has cautioned Nigerians to be wary of phishing and cyberattacks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement signed by Dr Femi Adeluyi, Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, urged people to be extra-cautious and reinforce security measures while interacting online, especially when banking online.
Pantami explained that It is important to observe basic cyberspace rules including “Ignoring suspicious online offers; being circumspect in sharing VTC details, using complex passwords, keeping software up to date; and refraining from sharing unverified information”.
He added that there was a notable spike in the adoption of online platforms and e-payment systems. “This, no doubt, is a positive development that will support our implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria. However, this migration to home-based unsecure digital platforms, often with outdated security systems, can make users more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
“Our cybersecurity teams have intercepted following cases:Phishing attacks aimed at infecting systems or extracting sensitive information; Campaigns that defraud citizens by offering essential products and services at suspicious prices. Fake news and misinformation aimed at spreading panic, creating instability and promoting distrust; and Video-teleconferencing hijacking(Zoom-bombing)”.