An online network known for launching cyber attacks against individuals and institutions, Anonymous, has claimed responsibility for hacking into the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
The move comes against the background of the #EndSARS protests being staged across the country.
The action was ostensibly taken in solidarity with the #EndSARS protesters.
Earlier, the group had thrown its support for the protest.
In a message on its Twitter page Friday night, Anonymous retweeted a tweet by one of its affiliates, @loriansynaro, which claimed responsibility for the attack on CBN’s website.
The message read: “#Anonymous #OpNigeria #EndSARS #EndSarsNow. The Nigerian central bank website has been taken #Offline. https://cbn.gov.ng | TANGO DOWN.”
When New Economy visited the website of the apex bank Friday night, it displayed the message, “500 – Internal server error. There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.”
The Spokesman for the CBN, Isaac Okoroafor, could not be reached for comment on Friday as he did not respond to repeated calls.
On Friday, Anonymous hacked the Twitter account of the National Broadcasting Commission.