The hacker boasted that he bought entry to “juice” on the Nigerian Authorities company’s server.
An alleged breach of the Nationwide Id Administration Fee server has uncovered over three million Nationwide Id Numbers of Nigerians.
In response to Sahara Reporters, a hacker generally known as Sam broke into the server and stole very important info belonging to hundreds of thousands of Nigerians.
Revealing how simple it was for him to breach the NIMC server and entry private info of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians in an article he shared on infosecwriteups.com, the hacker boasted that he bought entry to “juice” on the Nigerian Authorities company’s server and that he might go forward to do no matter he desired with different delicate information at his disposal.
Displaying a defaced Nationwide Id card of a Nigerian alongside the article, the hacker stated, “I’ve bought yet another output for s3 bucket, I casually tried to entry it with none hope, and rattling! The s3 bucket is stuffed with juice.
“I simply merely bought entry to their (Nigeria) information of inside information, customers and every thing they’ve. I can obtain every thing, even the entire bucket. I’m positive that the bucket is stuffed with juice.
“I needed to have a look at extra information however as we now have to comply with bug bounty guidelines I finished doing extra.
“I’ve bought yet another s3 bucket with nuclei and it additionally contained about 4–5 gigs of information.
“I’ve rewarded 5250$ for just one report and 0$ for the second even it contained a lot delicate information,” the hacker wrote within the article that has continued to generate reactions from some Nigerians on Twitter particularly tech lovers.
A person on the micro-blogging platform with the deal with @isidags whereas reacting to the event stated, “I’m shocked Nigerians are shocked.
“Appears you individuals don’t know the federal government and nation you’re concerned with.”
One other person generally known as @boluxxxx whereas commenting stated, “Jokes apart, that is sufficient cause for Buhari to sack Pantami.”
Berating Nigeria’s weak cyber safety, one other Twitter person, @bespokeKENErd, stated, “It was solely a matter of time earlier than this occurred.
“Nigeria’s info safety is ridiculously lax. So careless with delicate information.”
@St_Gothica whereas reacting to the problem stated, “That is precisely why I by no means needed to do the NIN registration. Delayed it so long as I might.”
One other Twitter person, @The_Jonathanian, stated, “Someone ought to inform Sheik Pantami that essentially the most delicate information of Nigerians below his care have been compromised and floating within the wild.”
The hacking of the NIMC server has not solely uncovered Nigeria’s weak cyber safety but additionally highlighted the hazard the nation’s residents and investments had been at the moment below.
The newest cyber assault comes lower than two months after the Nigerian Communications Fee in November 2021 issued a warning that an Iranian hacking group was planning to hold out cyber espionage throughout Africa.
An announcement from the company had additional disclosed that the hackers had been focusing on telecoms, Web Service Suppliers, and Ministries of International Affairs in Nigeria and different African international locations.
The incident additionally comes months after the President Muhammadu Buhari administration whereas mandating Nigerians to enroll for Nationwide Identification Quantity claimed that it was going to cease crimes within the nation together with these perpetrated by way of the Web.
Talking in the course of the launch of the Nationwide Coverage for the Promotion of Indigenous Content material in Nigerian Telecoms Sector and Revised Nationwide Id Coverage for SIM Playing cards registration in Might 2021, President Buhari stated, “The NIN will cowl one of many weaknesses in our safety construction. We will simply establish and know the character of Nigerians.
“We’ll establish individuals simply, together with the crooks.”
Assuring Nigerians of how very important the brand new system can be to crime preventing within the nation, Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, Isa Pantami, in June 2021, claimed that incidents of terror corresponding to banditry and kidnapping within the nation had considerably diminished because of the insistence by authorities for individuals in Nigeria to register for NIN.
Pantami went additional to say that the improved database will defend Nigerians greater than ever earlier than.
However regardless of these assurances, the newest assault has uncovered the failure of the President Buhari administration to guard Nigerians from cyber criminals.
Over 60 million Nigerians had up to now been captured on the nationwide id database, based on the NIMC.