Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Cell sites shutdown: CSEAN president says Kogi State action akin to DoS attack – ITREALMS

The President of the Cyber Security Expert Association of Nigeria (CSEAN), Mr. Remi Afon has decried the shutdown of telecommunications sites in Kogi State, saying its akin to Denial of Service (DoS) attack, reports ITREALMS.

In computing, a denial-of-service attack is when perpetrator seeks to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users by temporarily or indefinitely disrupting services of a host connected to the Internet which is network of networks. In essence, ITREALMS reports that a denial-of-service (DoS) is any attempt to prevent legitimate users from accessing the service.

ITREALMS recalls that the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello may have committed an offence under the Cybercrime Act of 2015 by ordering the sealing and shut downs of some 70 cell sites which have affected 10 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

Affirming this in a chat with ITREALMS in reaction to the shutdown, CSEAN President, Remi Afon, could not understand why at this age a millennial governor like Yahaya Bello, should preside over government taking such a decision in the name of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

“Yahaya Bello’s action is akin to “Denial of Service Attack” on critical national infrastructure,” he decried.

Pointing out that this shutdown of critical infrastructure constitutes security and economic threat due to the fact that real-time communication will be impossible thereby allowing criminals to capitalise on this to carry their nefarious activities.

Also, CSEAN President said, a lot of small and medium size organisations will be affected in running their businesses thereby resulting to financial loss.

According to the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) who raised the alarm of the shut downs via its chairman, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, this will amount to telecom outage in the country.

The shutdown, ITREALMS gathered will affect some 10 states including Kogi and nine others including Nassarawa, Benue, Enugu, Anambra, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, Niger States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

CSEAN President also joined ALTON, in calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and National Assembly leadership to quickly intervene before it becomes too late as the impending telecom blackout will adversely affect the security architecture of the country and the economy.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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