Politically Motivated Attacks

6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM

With the upcoming elections, we may expect to see a rise in the number of politically motivated cyber attacks. Hacktivism may be prevalent before and immediately after the elections in order to gain access to the IT systems of government agencies and parastatals. During the 2015 elections, the website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was reportedly hacked and attempts made to gain access to critical information of several government parastatals. This trend will take a new dimension and if left unchecked may pose a threat to future elections as witnessed around the world. We recommend that the necessary authorities be vigilant in order to protect critical technology platforms.