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INEC must be wary of hackers in 2023 election

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By Akintola Timothy

The liabilities of the electronic transmission evaluated toward 2023 election.

The impending general election in Nigeria has been one to look out for, with Nigerians being immensely stern in holding political office aspirants more accountable this time around. Having strut through a cycle of bad leadership and recurrent depravations, most Nigerians have become more determined to focus on this 2023 general election, in a bid to elect in aspirants that would show overt accountability and massive development in the social, economic and political status quo.

With APC’s Bola Tinubu, Peter Obi and Abubakar Atiku of Labour Party and the People’s Democratic Party respectively being the top contenders for the incoming Presidential election, numerous Nigerians, especially the youths have geared towards political consciousness, so as to play an important role in deciding the future of the country. On this apathy being curbed towards this incoming election, the Independent National Electoral Commission in a report, noted that over 93 million Nigerians had been authenticated to practice in the voting exercise. On the accreditation of the election, INEC’s Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu also indicated that the Biomodal Voters Accreditation would be implemented.

Electronic measure to be implemented by INEC for 2023 also susceptible.

As a result of the update for the electronic paradigm that is to be implemented for the upcoming election, numerous concerns have been raised as to the susceptibilities of the electronic paradigm. Donald Inwalomhe while raising this concern, noted that the electronic measures to be imbibed for the coming election was not without its vulnerabilities. He stated that the security vulnerabilities could also be exploited to upset the transmission of election results electronically. He pointed a note of warning to INEC to not underestimate the prowess of electronic hackers, so as not to make the similar mistake like the concluded Ekiti and Osun States.

Cyber-attack being a new school menace that has ravaged the electronic age, is an attempt geared towards disrupting a computer system or network. Evidently, there are a range of motives as to why perpetrators indulge in this menace such as to extort money from companies or other individuals or extracting poignant information from organizations. Also, these hackers indulge in this act to disrupt services and deteriorate government-controlled operations. Recently, there have been numerous attacks on government and non-government organizations and services globally.

Hackers to purposely target electronic transmission for 2023 election.

Donald noted that these electronic hackers would attempt to indulge in any means to infiltrate the electronic transmission related to the country’s impending 2023 general elections. The susceptibilities that attach itself to the electronic transmission of these election results would make hacking an immense possibility for the disruption of the general election. As such, political parties would be looking to employ this means to carry out electioneering malpractices and thus, the need for INEC to be very wary of this possibility.

In expounding on the problem of cyber security or cyber criminals getting into the election system which are immensely vulnerable, Donald offered the example of an energetic bear hack, where attackers placed malware on websites that is proposed for software updates for energy companies. The culprits infiltrated the energy grids and petroleum pipeline operators across the United States and across Europe, with operations going on for over three years. Donald however stated that all evidence pointed to the fact that the electronic transmission would be targeted by hackers towards the impending general election.

Hack of INEC website could lead to manipulation of election results.

Donald however appealed to the electioneering commission to ensure the utilization of exclusive and efficient networks and custom-built databases with needed updated security protocols, in a bid to ensure that the 2023 general election is not ravaged by hacking and for Nigerians to elect their preferred candidacies across every political spheres. Though accepting the inevitability of websites being vulnerable to hackers, he noted that INEC must do everything within its reach to secure its website, as hacking the sites could lead to manipulation of actual election results.


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Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Most Nigerians are more determined than ever to concentrate on the general election of 2023 after enduring a cycle of poor leadership and ongoing depravations. Nigerians are not likely to accept any cheating. We have endured enough pain; this election would be a turning point.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

We should prepare against hackers in this upcoming election. They might want to invade the Election technological system, so INEC must have a strong defense mechanism against them.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Now that INEC is implementing electronic paradigm its more vulnerable to hackers who will seek to use any means possible to tamper with the election process. INEC should also be ready for this with the necessary measure emplaced.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

I believe INEC are well prepared for eventualities such as hacking of their system and other stuffs because the 2023 election is so vital and of Paramount importance to the citizenry.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

The INEC should have prepare against hackers since we are using electronic transmission for our next election so they have to be prepared so anything like hacking will not happen or cause election malpractice

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

The forthcoming general election in Nigeria has been one to keep an eye out for, as Nigerians are quite resolute in demanding greater accountability from candidates for political office in comparison to previous elections.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

Most Nigerians have become more determined to focus on the 2023 general election after suffering through a cycle of bad leadership and recurrent depravities. They hope to elect candidates who will demonstrate overt accountability and massive development in the social, economic, and political status quo.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

In order to maintain the social, economic, and political status quo, we need to make a concerted effort to support candidates who will demonstrate overt accountability and tremendous development in these areas.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

A significant number of Nigerians, particularly the younger generation, have become politically aware in order to play a significant part in determining the course that the country’s future would take. O

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Nigerians are extremely serious about holding candidates for political office in this year’s election, making the country’s upcoming general election one to watch.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

A word of caution to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC): do not underestimate the prowess of electronic hackers. You do not want to make the same error as the states of Ekiti and Osun, which have already had their elections.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

It is important for us to understand that an attempt to disrupt a computer system or network constitutes a cyber-attack, which is a new type of threat that has wreaked havoc on society since the advent of the electronic age.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

An endeavor that is focused toward disrupting a computer system or network is known as a cyber-attack. Cyber-attacks are a new school threat that has wreaked havoc on the electronic era.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

Despite the fact that it is inevitable for websites to be susceptible to attack by hackers, inec must do everything within its power to secure its website because hacking websites could lead to the manipulation of actual election results.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

INEC to be very wary of this possibilities of attacks by the hacker. Everything that need to be done to prevent hacker access to their system and avoid malpractices should be done.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

The INEC need prepare against hackers since we are using electronic for our next election. Anything INEC most do for Free and Fair Election

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

INEC should be very proactive in handling this 2023 election. They should use the exclusive and efficient networks and custom-built databases with needed updated security protocols to checkmate any form of hacking.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

In this forthcoming 2023 general election the INEC most ensure that everything required for safer way of electronic transfer election results without being hacked are put in place.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

This election is a defining moment for Nigerians. Our last strands of hope is unto these coming election. Because INEC is using an electronic paradigm, hackers who want to meddle with the election process will have easier access to it. With the appropriate measures in place, INEC ought to be prepared as well.