The Department of State Security Services, otherwise called, SSS, has said its investigations aftermath the raiding of the All Progressive Congress, APC, data centre in Lagos showed the party was planning to hack into the database of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, SSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, said, “We suspect that there was an elaborate and well-articulated plan to inflate the party’s membership data as well as hack into INEC’s voter registration database.”
The service said a video of 21 tutorials on hacking, a temporary voter card and a permanent voter card were among items found in the building.
“The tutorial video,” she said “focused on the following areas: How to become a hacker and steps to take to avoid detection in the process of hacking web services.
She added that “Steps and procedures of system hacking, passwords cracking, decrypting, escalating access privileges and creating backdoors to servers.’’
Ogar also said that the tutorial explained how to evade database security such as “Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), firewalls and other measures put in place to deter backers’’.
The said video, Ogar said, also outlined ways to identify vulnerabilities in systems and how to cleverly drop a USB flash drive in a target establishment. She alleged the drive could transmit “malicious codes enough to gain access into and compromise the entire system of the target organisation’’ when inserted into any computer.
“The video explains how to hack into the systems of media houses with the aim of broadcasting fake stories or headlines,’’ she added.
Ogar said lists containing names and photographs of security personnel, foreigners and under-aged children were discovered on the registered members list of the All Progressive Congress, APC. Ogar said Nigerians would be shocked when presented with exhibits and facts found in the private building located at 10, Bola Ajobola, Ikeja.