Comm Minister Cautions Against Cyberattacks 


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 However, this migration to home-based unsecure digital platforms, often with outdated security systems, can make users more vulnerable to cyberattacks.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)”.