The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says the recent WannaCry or WannaCryptor ransomware attack, considered to be one of the biggest cybersecurity attacks in recent history, has been contained, as Nigeria was spared from the attack.
A statement by Director General/CEO of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, says Nigeria was spared from the attack due to the massive enlightenment campaign, awareness and proactive measures put in place to swiftly deal with any reported incidents.
“Reports have shown that computer networks in more than 150 countries and more than 200,000 people had been affected by this attack, considered to be one of the biggest cybersecurity attacks in recent history. Traces in Nigeria appeared to be isolated cases as no major incident is reported in the country,” Pantami states.
The DG calls on all to be vigilant and alert to issues related to cybersecurity, noting that information technology has now become a part of our lives.
“As IT systems have now become part of our lives, the need for all to be vigilant and proactive as far security is concerned cannot be overemphasized,” he said.
The NITDA DG emphasized the following as measures to be taken by users of Microsoft Systems, to remain digitally healthy especially within this period:
- Old operating systems should be upgraded to the latest version (of Windows 10). This will enable them get the latest protection from Microsoft;
- The recent security update released by Microsoft, MS17-010, should be installed as soon as possible; and
- Where necessary, Windows Defender Antivirus should be enabled as it helps in detecting this ransomware and similar attacks.
For systems that have been attacked, tools have been developed to unlock the files locked by this ransomware – the WannaDecrpyt or Wannakey. They have been found to have successfully decrypted systems infected with the ransomware.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is an Agency under the Federal Ministry of Communications. The Agency was created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and co-ordinate general IT development and regulation in the country.
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