Suspected Russian hackers have begun to target Nigerian websites, with Bet9ja falling as their first victim.
This is coming after the United States said it secretly removed malware from computer networks around the world in recent weeks, in its bid to pre-empt Russian cyber attacks. The US said the move was necessary because of Russia’s plan to attack American critical infrastructure.
It said the malware it removed enabled Russians to create ‘botnets’ – networks of private computers that are infected with malicious software and controlled by the G.R.U., the intelligence arm of the Russian military. Bet9ja first announced that it was having issues with its website on Wednesday on its verified Twitter handle.
According to the company, its customers were not able to login into their accounts.
Just like so many market-leading global organizations, Bet9ja recently became a victim of a sophisticated criminal cyber-attack, which is restricting your access to our platform.“We take this matter extremely seriously.
Our priority is protecting our customers and you have our assurances that your accounts and all your funds are safe.“We appreciate your patience and understanding at this difficult time.“We will be back stronger as soon as is technically possible, rewarding you with a truly sensational bonanza of promotions.”