June 20, 2022
Kwara State – FactCheck Elections, the budding independent fact-checking organization in Nigeria, announced today 20th June 2022 that it has experienced an attempted cyberattack on its website over the past weekend. The attack was quickly detected and the website was promptly restored by the organization’s team of tech experts.
The cyberattack was aimed at compromising the security of the website and its content. The attack was launched by an unknown party, and the motive for the attack is currently unknown. However, the organization suspects that the attack was aimed at undermining the credibility of the information published on the website, which is widely known for its accurate and impartial fact-checking of political campaigns and elections.
In a statement issued today, the Executive Director of FactCheck Elections, Mr. Abideen Olsupo, said: “We take this attempted cyberattack on our website very seriously. It is clear that our work as an independent fact-checking organization is increasingly under threat in a world where misinformation and fake news are being used to undermine the integrity of democratic processes. Our mission is to ensure that the public has access to accurate and impartial information that is crucial to making informed decisions on matters of public interest. We will not be deterred from fulfilling this mission, despite attempts by malicious actors to disrupt our work.”
The organization has launched an investigation into the attack and is working closely with our tech team by taking additional security measures to prevent any further attacks on its website.
“We have taken immediate steps to enhance the security of our website and to ensure that the integrity of our content is not compromised,” said Mr. Olasupo “We have also put in place additional measures to protect the privacy of our users and to prevent any unauthorized access to our systems. We are confident that these measures will ensure that our website remains secure and that our work can continue uninterrupted.”
The attempted cyberattack on the FactCheck Elections website highlights the growing threat of cybercrime and the need for organizations to take proactive steps to protect their online presence. FactCheck Elections is urging other organizations that provide critical services to the public to review their security protocols and take steps to protect their online systems from cyberattacks.
“Cybersecurity is a critical issue for all organizations that provide essential services to the public, and we urge other organizations to take this issue seriously and to invest in the necessary security measures to protect their online presence,” said Mr. Olasupo. “We also call on governments and policymakers to take steps to address the growing threat of cybercrime and to ensure that the public can trust the information they receive online.”
FactCheck Elections remains committed to its mission of providing accurate and impartial information to the public, and the organization is confident that its website remains secure and its work can continue uninterrupted.
About FactCheck Elections
FactCheck Elections is a budding independent fact-checking organization in Nigeria. The organization is dedicated to providing accurate and impartial information on political campaigns and elections, and to promoting transparency and accountability in the political process. FactCheck Elections is widely recognized for its high-quality work and its commitment to promoting public trust in democratic institutions.
Executive Director, FactCheck Elections
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