Anonymous, a decentralized international activist/hacktivist collective/movement that is widely known for its various cyber attacks, has reportedly shut down the website of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
This comes few days after the cyber attackers reportedly ramp up cyberattacks on Nigerian government internet assets.
BIGPEN understands ‘Anonymous’ began its hacking activism in Nigeria on the heel of the #EndSARS nationwide protests which have jostled the Nigerian Government.
Few days ago, the unknown hacker group, attacked the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) website as well as that of the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) as part of its threats to carry out coordinated attacks on more Nigerian government websites in solidarity with #EndSARS protest in the country.
Making the threat on its verified twitter handle, Anonymous also known as anons, said the coordinated attacks on more Nigerian government websites would not cease until the federal government listens to the yearnings of citizens to bring police officers accused of brutality to justice
“#Nigeria: Anonymous hacks multiple government websites in solidarity with #EndSARS protestors and retribution for violence by police. #OpNigeria #EndSARSProtest,” the group tweeted in the early hours of Thursday.
Anonymous also created a twitter account (@NigeriaOP) dedicated to its operations in Nigeria, where it also released details of its first attack on the NPF website.
Findings done on the CBN website shows that it was actually down. The NPF website was also taken down few days ago from where classified information of suspected operatives of the defunct SARS were leaked to the public.
The leaked data from NPF website contains names, account numbers, police command deployments, amongst other details.
BIGPEN recalls, in 2011, a U.S. security firm that claimed to have uncovered the real identity of Anonymous members responsible for a recent spate of web site attacks became a victim of Anonymous itself, when members of the online vigilante group breached the company’s network and stole more than 60,000 internal e-mails.