Contrary to news making the rounds, the apex bank of Nigeria, The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was not hacked. This is according to a statement from the institution’s official twitter handle.
When news broke that the bank’s site could have been hacked, we visited it and saw this prompt for a few seconds.
CBN Website Not Hacked pic.twitter.com/nZFdabmARo
— Central Bank of Nigeria (@cenbank) October 16, 2020
This has led us to think that the CBN may have just signed up on Cloudflare; a software security company that protects websites from web hackers. When one signs up newly to Cloudflare, while the website is propagating across servers, it could timeout temporarily or restrict access for a brief period.
Fears of the CBN website being hacked have risen as a result of an anonymous handle earlier today taking responsibility for hacking the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission (NBC)’s twitter handle.