Anonymous, an online network known for launching cyberattacks against government institutions, has reportedly hacked the websites of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The group targeted the EFCC’s website on Friday night, paralysing web activities of the anti-graft office.
INEC’s website was taken down around midnight on Saturday. The electoral umpire earmarked N1.47 billion for its website and servers in 2019.
A tweet by Anonymous read in part,
“Official website of @officialEFCC has been taken down in support of #EndSARSProtest. CHECK HOST : https://check-host.net/check-report/df89d3bk838 TARGET : https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/ You should have expected us! #EndCorruptionInNigeria
The extent of damage on all the sites was not immediately understood as a result of the breach, which is part of the group’s ongoing coordinated cyberattacks against the Nigerian government.
The hacker group took down the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN at 8:41 p.m., according to an announcement on its Twitter handle.
The page has been loading intermittently, indicating that CBN webmasters have been actively working to prevent or minimize damage.
Anonymous had hacked the Twitter accounts of several government agencies including the National Broadcasting Commission which has in recent time been criticised for its highhandedness and stiff media regulations through its Broadcast Code which increased the fine for hate speech to N5m.