How APC Planned to Hack Into INEC Database – DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was planning to hack into the database of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Deputy Director, Public Relations, DSS, Marilyn Ogar, who said this on Wednesday in Abuja at a news conference, explained that items retrieved from the APC data centre on November 20,2014 showed that the party had plans to clone the INEC Permanent Voters Card.

She said all the people arrested during the raid had been charged to court and are currently on judicial bail.

Ogar stated that in the course of investigation, the service recovered a temporary Voters Card; a Permanent Voters Card, adding that one of the hard drives recovered from the building contained a video of 21 hacking tutorials.

She explained that the video focused on how to become a hacker and steps to take to avoid detection in the process of hacking web servers; steps and procedures of system hacking, passwords cracking, decrypting, escalating access privileges, and creating backdoors to servers.

She further explained that the video also explicitly explained how to evade security of databases such as Intrusion Detection Systems, firewalls, and other measures put in place to deter hackers.

Ogar 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.

“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.”