The Nigerian government said this week in Abuja that it recorded a total of 12.9 million cyberattacks, originating from both within and outside Nigeria during the presidential and national assembly elections.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, said attacks targeting public websites and portals averaged around 1.5 million daily and skyrocketed to 6.9 million on Presidential Election Day.

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He said government has continued to mitigate the threats through various measures to ensure that the attacks were blocked including the inauguration last month of a ministerial standing committee on an advisory role for the protection of Nigerian cyberspace and ICT infrastructure.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Uwa Sulaiman, the minister said threat intelligence revealed an astronomical increase in cyber threats to Nigerian cyberspace in the run-up to the 2023 general elections.


“The Committee’s activity started on 24th February 2023 and ended on 28th February 2023. During this period, a series of hacking attempts were recorded, including distributed denial of service (DDoS), email and IPS attacks, SSH login attempts, brute force injection attempts, path traversal, detection Evasion, and forceful browsing,” part of the statement expressed.

Click to read the full statement: EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Monitoring Nigeria’s Cyberspace before, during and after the 2023 Presidential Elections.

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