The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has urged Nigerians to be extra-cautious and reinforce security measures while interacting online, especially when banking online.
According to the Minister, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly transformed how we interact as individuals.
“In particular, there has been an appreciable migration of several meetings, lectures and other form of interactions to online platforms. The implicit requirement of social distancing has increased the adoption of online platforms and e-payment systems. This, no doubt, is a positive development that will support our implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria.”
However, Pantami that this migration to home-based unsecure digital platforms, often with outdated security systems, can make users more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
He said, “Our cybersecurity teams have intercepted following cases, amongst others:
i.Phishing attacks aimed at infecting systems or extracting sensitive information;
ii.Campaigns that defraud citizens by offering essential products and services at suspicious prices;
iii.Fake news and misinformation aimed at spreading panic, creating instability and promoting distrust; and
iv. Video-teleconferencing (VTC) hijacking (also called “Zoom-bombing”).
The minister, therefore, advised basic cyberspace rules such as:
i. Ignoring suspicious online offers;
ii.Being circumspect in sharing VTC details;
iii. Using complex passwords;
iv. Keeping software up to date; and
v. Refraining from sharing unverified information.