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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NAFDAC website down, attack suspected




The official website of the National Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is down, as at Monday, 26 October 2015, reports ITRealms.


On accessing the NAFDAC site, a massive display of ‘Sorry’ with a note asking if visitors are the owners of the website, to quickly contact the hosting provider and it went on to give some reasons.

Some of these reasons, ITRealms gathered include that the Internet Protocol (IP) address has changed; server misconfiguration and or the website moved to entirely different server.

ITRealms also learnt on the fact that the IP address has changed, which entails that the IP address for this domain may have changed recently.

Owners were asked to check their Domain Name System (DNS) settings to verify that the domain is set up correctly.

“It may take 8-24 hours for DNS changes to propagate. It may be possible to restore access to this site by following these instructions for clearing your dns cache,” it was explained.

On the event the server has misconfiguration, owners were asked to verify that their hosting provider has the correct IP address configured for their Apache settings and DNS records.

“A restart of Apache may be required for new settings to take affect,”

The third reason offered was that the site may have moved to a different server.

This, experts say, include that the Uniform Resource Locator (URL): a protocol for specifying addresses on the Internet for this domain may have changed or the hosting provider may have moved the account to a different server.

Efforts to contact officials of NAFDAC were not successful as at press time.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is a Nigerian government agency under the Federal Ministry of Health that is responsible for regulating and controlling the manufacture, importation, exportation, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, chemicals and packaged water.

The current director-general of NAFDAC is Dr. Paul Orhii.           
 

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