CBN Denies Anonymous Attack On Its Website

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has denied that Anonymous, a hactivist organisation, attacked its website on Friday, October 16, 2020.

Anonymous had announced that it attacked the website to support the #EndSARS protesters in an operation against the Nigerian Government.

In a press release to respond to the claim, CBN assured Nigerians and other stakeholders that the website was well protected.

“Contrary to claims in the social media that the the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) ( has been hacked by malicious persons, we wish to state categorically that our website is secure.

“We wish to assure the Nigerian public and indeed all our 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 false news aimed at undermining the integrity of the Central Bank of Nigeria, which is our collective asset, ” the bank stated.

The bank’s statement was signed by Osita Nwanisobi, Acting Director, Corporate Communications.

However, a cybersecurity expert confirmed to HumAngle that the website was attacked as several users could not access the website many minutes after the attack.

He said the CBN had acted promptly and responded to the attack this showing the power of its threat response team.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru Aliyu is a researcher with expertise in areas such as fact-checking and insecurity. He was a research programs officer at the CDD West Africa and Tech. Officer at CITAD. He has contributed to CNN, BBC, etc.

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