Hackers on Friday broke into the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria and successfully took control and posted messages supportive of ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country.
An online network that called itself Anonymous claimed responsibility.
Anonymous retweeted a tweet by one of its affiliates, @loriansynaro, which read in part, “#Anonymous #OpNigeria #EndSARS #EndSarsNow. The Nigerian central bank website has been taken #Offline. https://cbn.gov.ng | TANGO DOWN.”
Aparrently, CBN decided to take the website down after the incident as the website displayed an error message – “500 – Internal server error. There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.”
CBN website was the third of sites owned by institutions of government hit by the group.
The group declared it was sympathising with #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria.
Earlier Friday, Anonymous seized the Twitter account of the National Broadcasting Commission and posted a series of messages, derisive of government, but supportive of the protesters.
It said it was out to “expose government’s secrets & dirty files”.
The apex bank website was unreachable on Friday night, as it repeatedly gave ‘server error.”
Up till Friday night, the group was still in control of the Twitter account @nbcgovng.
The hackers have also hacked a new Twitter account opened by the commission.
Also on Friday, Anonymous hacked into the database of the Nigerian Police Force.
#EndSARS protest has been sweeping across the country seeking to end police brutality against innocent citizens.
Though the Inspector General of Police Abubakar Adamu swiftly disbanded the FSARS, the protests have continued as the people insist on thorough-going reforms beyond the disbandment.