NIMC Dispels Database Breach Rumors Amid Undersea Cable Disruption: Assures Nigerians of Data Security

NIMC Dispels Database Breach Rumors Amid Undersea Cable Disruption: Assures Nigerians of Data Security

The Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued a statement refuting rumors of a breach in its database amidst the ongoing disruption caused by a damaged undersea cable.

Reports had surfaced claiming that the commission’s database was compromised due to the impact of the damaged undersea cable, leading to internet downtime affecting telecom companies and banks.

Clarification by NIMC

In its statement, NIMC addressed the allegations of a data breach allegedly involving a private organization, XpressVerify.

While NIMC acknowledged its collaboration with licensed partners for NIN verification services, it clarified that XpressVerify was not among its licensed partners authorized to handle such services.

Assurance of Data Security

NIMC reassured Nigerians and legal residents that there has been no data breach whatsoever due to the undersea cable damage.

The commission affirmed the safety and security of citizens’ data stored in Nigeria’s National Identity Database, dispelling concerns regarding the integrity of the database.

Directive for Investigation

Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of NIMC, has instructed a thorough investigation into the matter.

The investigation aims to ascertain whether any of the Commission’s Tokenisation verification agents violated the licensing agreement, either directly or through their sub-licensees.

Impact of Undersea Cable Damage on Internet Services

Meanwhile, authorities in Ghana have indicated that restoring full internet service disrupted by the damaged undersea cable could take up to five weeks.

Following a meeting with subsea cable landing service providers and telcos, Ghana’s National Communication Authority revealed the expected duration for repair and restoration efforts.

Challenges and Repairs

The meeting with landing service providers highlighted the approximate location of the damage to the undersea cable and outlined plans to dispatch repair vessels to the affected areas.

The disruption in internet and telecommunication services across West and Central Africa has adversely affected various sectors, including banking and mobile money transactions.

Root Cause of Disruption

The disruption stemmed from damage to the international undersea cable, likely caused by seismic activity in the seafloor.

The affected regions include Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Portugal, where similar damage was reported. Repair efforts are underway to address the damage and restore connectivity to the affected areas.

Conclusion

As efforts continue to repair the damaged undersea cable and restore internet connectivity, NIMC emphasizes its commitment to data security and integrity.

The commission’s swift response aims to allay concerns and maintain public trust in the safety of citizens’ data amidst challenging circumstances.

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