Attempt by the All Progressives Congress –APC, to hack into the database of the Independent National Electoral Commission –INEC, has been thwarted, the Department of State Services –DSS, has said.
According to the Deputy Director, Public Relations, DSS, Marilyn Ogar, who disclosed this in Abuja Wednesday said that items retrieved from the APC data centre during a raid in November 2014 showed that the party had plans to clone INEC Permanent Voters Card.
Ogar displayed items recovered during the investigation to the press in Abuja and those items include, temporary Voters Card; a Permanent Voters Card and hard drives.
The DSS boss also claimed it has a lists containing names and photographs of security personnel, foreigners and minor/under-aged on a registered members list of the APC.
According to the DSS official, one of the hard drives recovered from the building contained a video of 21 hacking tutorials.
She said: “The video outlined ways to identify vulnerabilities in systems and how to surreptitiously drop a USB flash drive in a target establishment, which when plugged into any computer, transmits malicious codes enough to gain access into and compromise the entire system of the target organization.
“Finally, the video explains how to hack into the systems of media houses, with the aim of broadcasting fake stories or headlines, Ogar said.
“From the foregoing, 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 through the creation of party membership forms and cards to match INEC’s voters register across the country.
Suspects arrested during the raid are currently on bail after being charged to court.