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[ISN] Cyber terrorism hits Nigeria

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Mon Sep 27 2010 - 07:08:00 GMT

By Emmanuel Mayah
Daily Sun
September 25, 2010
Life in Nigeria is pretty much becoming a video war game. In the past,
you could choose to bump off an individual or an enemy organisation
using letter bomb, price-tag assassins, corporate spies or attack dogs
in white collar. Today, the thin line between reality and science
fiction is blurred, so much so that a cripple with the right computer
know-how can sit in one corner of his room and mobilise millions of
zombies to cause an oil spillage in the Niger Delta or to hold a
multinational hostage until a huge ransom is paid.

In Italy, not too long ago, a mob boss was shot but survived the
shooting. That night, while he was in the hospital, the assassins hacked
into the hospital computer and changed his medication so that he would
be given a lethal injection. He was a dead man a few hours later. They
then changed the medication order back to its correct form, after it had
been incorrectly administered, to cover their tracks so that the nurse
would be blamed for the “accident.”

Elsewhere in Nigeria, shockwave swept across the city of Lagos last year
after a television house became the target of a bomb attack. The same
effect was achieved three weeks back, as mainstream newspaper websites
were brought down by unknown hackers.

One of the first people to discover the cyber siege was Nigerians in
Diaspora, who rely on online newspapers to follow news and political
developments back home. One of the sites affected was the Virtually all the sites were blank or had one
stagnant old page that refused to move an inch no matter how hard you
hit at the keys. In desperation, long-distance calls were coming in from
the US, Europe, Australia, Asia, and other parts of the world. Everyone
wanted to find out what was going on and, in the process triggered a
cycle of panic that looked like the aftermath of a coup d’état.


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