…accuses bank of deducting money from #EndSARS supporters
An online network known for launching cyber-attacks against government institutions, Anonymous, on Saturday, hacked the website of First Bank of Nigeria Limited.
A visit by to the bank’s website at 01:30pm showed that it had been brought down completely, PUNCH reports.
Anonymous has so far hacked the websites of the Nigeria Police Force, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Central bank of Nigeria but restored them. Earlier in the week, the network hacked the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission’s Twitter account.
On Saturday, Anonymous, in a string of tweets, confirmed bringing down the bank’s website while accusing the bank of deducting money from the accounts of customers who are in support of the #EndSARS campaign.
It stated, “Now #ENDSARSOPPRESSION Official website of First Banks Nigeria has been taken #Offline. You remove money from users because they support #EndSARS.
“We #Anonymous have taken-down your website in support of #EndSARS
“You will pay for your actions. You should have expected us!
“Enjoy your server taken down. No money is gone.”
Anonymous, however, said it would restore the website after it “keep it down for some time”.
Reacting to Anonymous’ allegation, First Bank also tweeted, “We wish to state very clearly that First Bank has not banned any staff from joining the protests and will never do so.
“We have continued to lend our voice to end all forms of brutality, including Police, Rape and domestic violence.
“Our position remains that deep-rooted Reforms are a fundamental solution we must embrace.”
#EndSARS protests have been taking place across major cities in the country with youths demanding an end to police brutality and killings.
Major highways across the country have been blocked thereby grounding economic activities.