FG hacks E-Mails, Facebook, And Twitter Accounts Of Nigerians; Monitors Calls Of Persons Of Interest.
Reports filtering in indicate that the Nigeria government may have started acting on an already perfected plan to hack into the social media accounts of Nigerians, especially those suspected of having links with various terrorist groups, including Boko Haram and the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq.
According to reports from Punch, the Nigerian security agencies have hacked into the E-mails, Facebook and Twitter accounts of several persons of interest as well as monitoring their calls in a bid to frustrate terrorist attacks on the country.
“The surveillance system is not being used to target everyone, as people may want to believe. It is only deployed to get intelligence on specific targets because it would be hard and difficult to use such system to spy on all Nigerians; the amount of data would be too huge and staggering for the assessors to sort and manage. Basically, the system is used to hack into emails and phones of targets, and the targets are those who are suspected of having ties with terrorists, whether Boko Haram, ISIS or any other criminal element.” a source tells Punch.
The project which is managed by the Office of the National Security Adviser is being coordinated by some foreign firms, including an Israeli firm, Elbit System.