INEC Chairman: Our database is being attacked by foreign hackers
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has expressed concern over foreign hackers attacking the commission’s database.
The 2023 General Elections; Judiciary and Sustainability of Nigeria’s Democracy was the focus of Yakubu’s address on January 26 at the 2022 National Conference of the National Association of Judiciary Correspondents (NAJUC) in Abuja.
The attacks are not merely coming from Nigeria, according to the INEC chairman, who was represented by the deputy director of ICT, Dr. Lawrence Bayode.
“We were looking at the system yesterday and we were seeing that people were trying to come into the system from France but we also are putting some things in place.
“You can’t build a house and you will not put a door, window or burglary; we have done our best to ensure that our system is secured.”
The INEC official further revealed that the backend and the Result Viewing Portal (IReV) are both well-secured to fend off any attacks.
In order to vote, according to Section 47(1) of the Electoral Act of 2022, one must have a permanent voter card (PVC) and be accredited.