Lockdown: Pantami urges Nigerians to be cautious against cyberattacks

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Honourable Minister, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has urged Nigerians to be extra-cautious and reinforce security measures while interacting online, especially when banking online which can make users more vulnerable to cyberattacks during this lockdown.

In a statement released by the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi on Thursday in which the Ministry is committed to keeping Nigerians safe online. He noted that the implicit requirement of social distancing has increased 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 “However, this migration to home-based unsecure digital platforms, often with outdated security systems, can make users more vulnerable to cyberattacks.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, amongst others, 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 (VTC) hijacking (also called “Zoom-bombing”)”, he said.

He added that it is important to observe basic cyberspace rules such as: Ignoring suspicious online offers; Being circumspect in sharing VTC details; Using complex passwords; Keeping software up to date; and Refraining from sharing unverified information.

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