What was today speculated to be a cyberattack on the nation’s telecoms regulator has been explained as “routine website maintenance.”
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) today suffered a major downtime on its high-traffic website, a development that triggered speculations of a cyberattack on the nation’s telecoms regulatory agency.
Visitors to the NCC website could not gain access to the telecom regulator’s online real estate, which displayed the 500 internal server error message.
An official spokesman of the NCC told Technology Times that the NCC website downtime was caused by “routine website maintenance” carried out on the platform earlier today.
According to him, the downtime was not caused by cyberattacks as was speculated, “and it didn’t last more than an hour.’
As at the time of filing this report, the website has been restored.
NCC has been in the vanguard of cybersecurity awareness and promotes October each year as the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).
According to the telecoms regulator, NCSAM is observed annually and focuses on raising awareness about Cyber security, providing the public with general knowledge and tools to help them keep safe when on the Internet.
It also focuses on educating consumers on online safety, through awareness and sensitization campaigns, empowering them by making them aware of both the positive and negative potentials available online and measures to take in safeguarding themselves, according to NCC.