Over the years, the Nigeria government has been unable to secure its official websites, thus raising questions over claims by the government that it had mounted efforts to reduce the growing threat of violation of its digital presence.
The year 2012 witnessed multiple cyber-attacks of notable official government websites including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
According to recent statistics, the number of cases involved with the defacement of government websites in Nigeria has continued to rise from 10% back in 2010 to 60% as at 2012, reports Centrex Ethical Lab, a cyber-security and intelligence firm based in Abuja.
The data shows that there has been an alarming increase in cyber violations of official websites of government agencies and parastatals over the last three years, as a total of 23 official government websites (.gov.ng) were reported defaced in 2012 alone, out of a total of 60 website defacements during the
year, including 15 cases of violation of .org government websites.
While government officials have refused to comment on such cases, experts blame the lack of knowledge as a key reason for the vulnerability of government websites.
According to cyber-security expert, Nsikak Nelson, the lack of understanding of ethical hacking among government officials is the main reason for the growing attack.
Cyber-crime, especially website hacking has seen tremendous growth around the world as major banks in the U.S were hit with the biggest cyber-attacks in history, as well as the Vatican website being hacked twice in one week last year.
These cyber attacks are expected to increase in 2013 and beyond as cyber-criminals continue to think of clever and sneaky ways to obtain customer’s credit card information and personal data, as well as in response to unfavourable government policies and actions.