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Microsoft imageThe Tech world was rife with news of the legal and technical actions taken by Microsoft and her partners in the last few days. The goal was the disruption of one of the world’s most prolific botnets (a network of private computers infected with malicious software and controlled as a group without the owners' knowledge), known as Necurs. It is said that Necurs has infected over nine million computers globally, to date, and it is believed that after eight years of tracking and planning, this disruption will finally put paid to the activities of the criminal masterminds who are driving this illegality.

The Necurs infrastructure uses malware to infect computers on a network and then controls those computers to perpetrate cybercrime. Since 2012 when this botnet was first observed, it has been accused of distributing several forms of malware. It is also said to be one of the largest networks in the spam email threat ecosystem. Other types of crimes which have been attributed to this network include dating scams and personal information theft.

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, on March 5th 2020, issued an order which enabled Microsoft to take control of Necurs infrastructure in the U.S. This legal action, in addition to the global partnerships which Microsoft enjoys, will prevent Necurs from registering new domains for the purpose of executing attacks in the future.

Microsoft and her partners disrupted the network by analysing the technique used by Necurs to generate new domains, accurately predicting over six million unique domains which would be created in the next 25 months, and reporting those domains to the respective Registries all over the world. This will facilitate the blocking of these websites to prevent Necurs from adding them to their network and controlling them.

Microsoft is also collaborating with governments, law enforcement, and the private sector all over the world, through their Cyber Threat Intelligence Programme (CTIP) to provide better insights into criminal infrastructure within their constituencies and inform them regarding the compromised computers and the victims who suffer as a result of the actions of these criminals. 

It is important to note that everyone who is active in the global internet ecosystem has a responsibility to keep cyberspace safe. We applaud Microsoft for driving efforts in this respect.

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On the 13th February 2020, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM delivered the keynote address at the Annual Cyber Security Conference hosted by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. The theme of the conference was "Strengthening the Security and Resilience of the Nation's Communications Infrastructure’. The Minister had explained that the Federal Government of Nigeria was keen on securing the national telecommunications infrastructure through necessary technical, legal and policy initiatives and that the NCC conference aligned with the digital economy agenda of the Federal Government.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) NCC, said the maiden annual cybersecurity summit was in recognition of and spoke to the importance and centrality of collaborative efforts in the advancement of cybersecurity measures to provide precautions and protection of critical communications Infrastructure.

The EVC said in addressing cybercrimes and boosting cybersecurity, technical measures and appropriate legal instruments must be put in place to enhance the resilience and integrity of ICT infrastructure and also to safeguard our activities in cyberspace.

The audience was informed that the Commission will soon commence a multi-stakeholder process for the development of an Industry Wide Obligation of Minimum Cyber Security Provisions which will apply to all operators.

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NiRA joined the world to mark the World Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 at the University of Lagos, Akoka Rd, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.

The event was put together by the Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD) and the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG). The Safer Internet Day event had in attendance, students from Princeton College, members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as well as the notable speakers.  NiRA Executive Secretary, Mrs. Edith Udeagu was also at the event to present a goodwill message from Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA).


It would be stating the obvious if I mentioned here that the year 2020 is the start of a new decade. We all already know this fact and have embraced the available opportunities. The function of time in our lives demands that we remain alert/aware as the days pass by. What should be of interest to everyone in the year 2020 and beyond, is the speed of transformation which technology will bring about.

With the introduction of 5G towards the end of 2019 in some countries, for example, a new dawn of possibilities has been ushered in. Communication will become completely seamless and with this, the Internet of Things will trigger a level of connectivity which never before existed. The speed of connectivity between devices will be faster than you can type your requests in. How prepared is our nation to take advantage of these and other important advancements?

Indeed, Nigeria is not left behind as she begins to revamp her Broadband plan for the next five years, preparing the country’s digital economy for development at the speed of light. It would excite all to know that the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has been recognised as a key stakeholder,  who is pivotal to the Broadband Plan. I am also delighted to represent NiRA on that Committee and I must say that it has been an interesting time so far.

As we enter into an age for which we have been prepared, I invite you to register your personal and corporate identity on .ng and be part of a new digital age.


Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA

Awareness about Data Privacy Key to Growth and Development

On Tuesday 28th January 2020, during the ‘National Privacy Week Awareness Workshop’ hosted by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja, the Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi welcomed the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM and other dignitaries to the event. Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, in his welcome address, charged Nigerians to always protect their data while using the internet. He said, in response to the global call for privacy regulation that, NITDA in 2019 issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR).

The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) 2019 was issued as a response to the global call for privacy regulation and inconsistent with the FG initiative to make Nigeria a globally competitive business environment by The Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM.

Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) had said that “The Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, in an attempt to diversify the economy came up with Digital Economy policy and strategy for the growth and development of the country”.  That as data increasingly becomes the nexus of the modern economy, regulation by government and awareness by citizens against possible breaches and abuses becomes important. He commended NITDA for an aggressive approach at ensuring Nigerians leverage on the NDPR to become part of the global community that is data-led.

Mr. Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, as a guest speaker stated that due to the advancement of the Internet, some level of regulation is required to ensure the stability, integrity, and survival of the Internet. “NDPR envisages three critical groups whose capacities must be developed: Data Subjects (you and I) who are the ultimate ‘owners’ of foundational data; data controllers like CBN, NIMC, and FRSC, who determine the purpose for which the data is being used; and data processors like enrolment organizations and Galaxy Backbone, who obtains records or otherwise holds or transmits the information or data on behalf of the data controller not forgetting the occasional overlaps in some cases”.

As usual, the representatives of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) with other stakeholders were at the event.

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