INEC, beware of hackers in 2023 elections — Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News


Sir: Security vulnerabilities can be exploited to electronically disrupt the transmission of election results. If hackers could attack Ekiti and Osun’s election results portal, INEC should not underestimate the power of hackers when preparing for the 2023 general election.

The hackers will compete and attempt to infiltrate targets related to the 2023 elections in Nigeria. Vulnerabilities in the electronic transmission of results make hacking a major possibility on election day.

A gang of cybercriminals or a group of activists penetrate totally vulnerable electoral systems. I give the example of the bear energy hack, in which attackers dropped malware on websites for software updates from energy companies.

The perpetrators infiltrated energy networks and oil pipeline operators across the United States and Europe and went unnoticed for three years. Hackers are to target the electronic transmission of the 2023 election results in Nigeria.

A cyberattack is an attempt by hackers to damage or destroy a computer network or system. The reasons for doing so can range from a group of hackers wanting to show off their skills or more likely to extort money from an organization. Disruption of services and the weakening of government-controlled entities are also common, and the recent attack on Ireland’s healthcare system has highlighted just how dangerous and damaging such attacks can be.

I call on INEC to use unique networks and custom databases with new and updated security protocols. While it is undeniable that websites are vulnerable to hackers, election results portals, websites and platforms are only used to publish unofficial preliminary results for the public and the media. The sites could be hacked to alter the actual election results.

Inwalomhe Donald writes via [email protected]

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