#SARSMustEnd: Source confirms cyber attack on Police Database

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A Top Government source whose responsibility is to secure Federal Government websites, system has confirmed the news circulating the media space that a Decentralised international ‘hacktivist’ group, known as Anonymous, have hacked several government databases, including one which contains names and contact of operatives of the now-defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS).

This was revealed to NewDirect Newspaper on Thursday by a senior Federal Government cyber security staff who do not want to be named.

He said the Nigeria Police Force has raised an alarm of a cyber attack on some of its database.

Although he did not say if it was SARS database.

In another enquiry made by our correspondent, a senior ranking staff of the Nigerian Communication Commission, (NCC)

said the commission’s Computer Security Incidence Response Team (CSIRT) has been set up to mitigate cyber any attacks on Federal database. He however did not confirm nor debunk the alleged attack.

NCC Computer Security Incidence Response Team (CSIRT), The Overall function of the NCC CSIRT is to respond to computer security incidents to regain control and minimize damage, providing,  assisting with effective incident response and recovery and inhibiting computer security incidents

Meanwhile, the Head Business Development, Cedarview Communications Limited,

Mr Wale Owoeye said the hacking of government website if true is an embarrassment to the Country.

He noted that the hack will put the lives of security officers in jeopardy, urging the Federal Government to make proactive moves in securing the lives, property of Police officers.

This comes even as an audio message purportedly from the group issuing a 72-hour ultimatum to Nigeria’s Federal Government to address the demands of the #EndSARS protesters.

The police unit had been under criticism in the country following extrajudicial activities and killings by its officers.

The protest has been going on for eight days across different states in the country.

Earlier the hacker allegedly released about 371 names of SARS officers in Nigeria, a Twitter user known as @von_bismack, shared some screenshots of the details.

Recall that the police unit, disbanded SARS had been under criticism in the country following extrajudicial activities, killings by some of its officers.

The protest has been going on for Eight days across different states in the country.