The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says its website is secure.
Some media reports had claimed that ‘Anonymous’, a group of internet activists protesting against police brutality had hacked the website of the apex bank.
But in a statement issued by CBN’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi, the bank debunked the reports.
It assured Nigerians and its stakeholders that the bank’s website is “adequately protected”, adding that there’s no cause for alarm.
The apex bank advised social media users to desist from “peddling false news aimed at undermining” the institution’s integrity.
“Contrary to claims in the social media alleging that the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) (www.cbn.gov.ng) has been breached by malicious persons, we wish to state categorically that our website is secure,” the CBN said.
“We wish to assure the Nigerian public and indeed all our other stakeholders that the CBN website is adequately protected and that there is no cause for alarm.
“We also wish to advise members of the online community to desist from peddling fake news aimed at undermining the integrity of the Central Bank of Nigeria, which is our collective asset.”
The reports followed claims by the hackers on Friday night that they had attacked CBN’s website, saying it is a cyber campaign against the Nigerian government.
On Thursday night, the group also claimed responsibility for the hack of the official Twitter account of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
They used the account to post tweets supporting the #EndSARS movement against police brutality in Nigeria.