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#EndSARS: Anonymous shuts 1st Bank website, after hacking CBN, EFCC, INEC NCDC, NPF websites, targets more

Valentine Chinyem



Anonymous, a group of unknown hackers, popular for launching cyberattacks on institutions, has hacked the website of First Bank of Nigeria Limited.

This ia after hacking the websites of the Central Bank of Nigerian (CBN), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and that of the Lagos state government. The group has also promised to attack more government website and also reveal some secrets about the Nigerian government.

Earlier on Friday, the group took over the Twitter handle of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), which has seen the website grow from 10,000 followers to 22,500.

According to them, they support the weak against the powerful and stand for justice.

They listed their values as human rights, autonomy and self-governance, resistance against tyranny, a more humane society.

Anonymous, on Saturday, tweeted about ongoing protests in various country, while identifying with Nigerians on the ongoing #EndSARS protests.

“The fight against impunity and cruelty is global. #WhatIsHappeningInPhilippines
#JusticeForBabyRiver #whatisHappeninginThailand #WhatsHappeningInIndonesia #OmnibusLaw #EndPoliceBrutality #EndSars”, it read.

Anonymous said the bank stopped its staff from supoorting the #EndSARS protest, however, promised to retore the bank’s website after a while and also assured them no money would be stolen from their system.

It stated, “Now #ENDSARSOPPRESSION Official website of First Banks Nigeria has been taken #Offline.

“We #Anonymous have taken-down your website in support of #EndSARS

“Enjoy your server taken down. no money is gone.”

In a reaction to the allegations, First Bank tweeted, “We wish to state very clearly that First Bank has not banned any staff from joining the protests and will never do so.

“We have continued to lend our voice to end all forms of brutality including Police, Rape and domestic violence.

“Our position remains that deep-rooted Reforms are a fundamental solution we must embrace.”

Anonymous first announced the attacks on state platforms on Thursday, two days after posting a video showing demonstrators.

“#Nigeria: Anonymous hacks multiple government websites in solidarity with #EndSARS protestors and retribution for violence by police. #OpNigeria #EndSARSProtest”, they tweeted.

Confirming the CBN and EFCC hit, they put up messages and screenshots.

“#Nigeria: International hackers & Anonymous continue the cyber campaign against the government to call out corruption, demand police reform, and show solidarity with brave protestors. #OpNigeria #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutality #ReformTheNigerianPolice.”

“#Anonymous #OpNigeria #EndSARS #EndSARSNow #ENDSARSOPPRESSION. Official website of @officialEFCC has been taken down in support of #EndSARSProtest. You should have expected us! #EndCorruptionInNigeria.”

The protest which has now gone on for 10 days, has seen more Nigerians both home and abroad protesting against police brutality and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The goverment has promised to sack and try officers found wanting after investigations are complete.