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We blocked over 200 cyberattacks during Presidential election – Fed Govt

We blocked over 200 cyberattacks during Presidential election – Fed Govt

In what could be seen as a way to lend credence to claims made by political parties that hackers will attempt to hack the result portal of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during last Saturday’s presidential election, the Managing director of Galaxy Backbone (GBB), Muhammad Abubakar, has said that the organisation blocked over 200 cyber attacks during the election.

It will be recalled that prior to the election, INEC had assured that its system for transmitting election results cannot be penetrated by hackers in response to fears raised by the political parties.

And while speaking on Tuesday at the opening session of a two-day ministerial training for GBB’s board members and management staff in Abuja, Abubakar said the GBB blocked over 200 cyber attacks suspectedly aimed at manipulating the election results on INEC’s portal on the Election Day.

“On the election day alone, we were able to block more than 200 attacks and the next day, the attacks geometrically increased to about 1.2 million and all were blocked from our own businesses,” Abubakar said.


Also speaking at the event, Isa Pantami, minister of communication and digital economy, applauded GBB’s approach to digital infrastructural development while saving the cost of governance.

“In this training, I will be very much sincere with you to point out some areas where we need significant improvement,“ Pantami said.

“Training is key when it comes to improving our performance and at the same time training is key when it comes to our self-evaluation, self-judgement, self-assessment.

“We need to think out of the box to discover new areas for government revenue generation.

“We need to be proactive in our thinking, let us not maintain the same process every day when it comes to revenue generation.”

The training has the theme “Positioning the GBB Team for Effective Management and Leadership in the 4th Industrial Revolution”.

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