The official website of the Central Bank of Nigeria has come under cyber attack by Anonymous, a group of foreign Internet activists protesting police brutality in Nigeria.
The group, prominent for hacking repressive government’s website, earlier announced its decision to attack federal government agencies’ websites in solidarity with the protesters clamouring for the reformation of the Nigerian police.
On Friday, the hackers announced that they had gained access to the Twitter account of National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) via the victim-agency’s account. They also posted #EndSARS protest materials on the agency’s twitter timeline.
On Friday night, the hackers disclosed the attack on CBN website, saying it is a cyber campaign against the Nigerian government.
“#Nigeria: International hackers & Anonymous continue the cyber campaign against the government to call out corruption, demand police reform, and show solidarity with brave protestors. #OpNigeria #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutality #ReformTheNigerianPolice The Nigerian The The Central Bank of Nigeria website has been taken #Offline. https://cbn.gov.ng | TANGO DOWN.”
On Friday night, the website of Nigeria’s apex bank displayed the message, “500 – Internal server error. There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.”
The #EndSARS protests have been taking place across major cities in the country with youths demanding an end to police brutality and killings.