Stronger than Boko Haram & Avengers: New terror group emerges

Countries all over the world are currently faced with different forms of insurgency.

Unlike many of the other types of insurgency, our politicians attribute anyone who doesn’t buy into their dogma of “administrative pardon” as unreal.

Some have even suggested that the insurgency in the North-East is akin to that in Niger Delta.

What we all need to understand is that behind all terror groups, including Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, Avengers and everyone in between, terror groups have one thing in common: cast fear.

As we speak, a greater than Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, Avengers and every splinter terror group is up and thriving in Nigeria.

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They cannot be controlled or easily policed. They call themselves the cyber-caliphate.

An IT specialist, Tope Aladenusi, has published a scholarly research regarding these “Cyberharams”.

According to Tope, “The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hacked the Twitter account of a news agency.

“The cyber-caliphates falsely claimed that the White House had been bombed and President Barack Obama was injured.

“This led to a US$136.5 billion dip on the S&P 500 index that same day.

“If terrorists are choosing to dedicate so much resources into advancing their knowledge of cyber security, why then should our law-enforcement agents be caught unawares and keep playing catch up?”

“The advent of cyber as a weapon of warfare is rapidly gaining momentum and Nigeria is not immune to such threats.

“It is only a matter of time before it becomes full blown.

“As of today, it is unbelievable that only one tertiary institution in Nigeria currently administers cyber security as a course of study.

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“A large proportion of Nigerian PhD holders in Computer Science related courses are not Cyber Security experts.

“The US Government is pitching $14Billion in cyber security spending for fiscal year 2016 across all its agencies.

“This budget keeps increasing year after year.

“In this war, the possibility for success is still a moving target as both heroes and villains are learning and seeking new ways to defend and attack respectively.

“How can Nigeria play in such a field where the weapons and the yardstick of success change on a per second basis?

Recall that during the presidential elections last year, INEC’s website was reportedly hacked by these Cyberharams.

The funny thing is this: Nigeria is not prepared.