Bet9ja Shop Owners Back After Russian Hackers’ Attack

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Bet9ja shop owners are back in business after last week’s attack on the website of KC Gaming Networks Limited.

Top sports betting operator, Bet9ja, survived a major cyber threat that crippled its operations.

On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, the website was a victim of a subtle criminal cyber-attack, which prevented customers from accessing their accounts.

The company confirmed that the ransomware attack was from the Blackcat Group.

Besides, findings by Naija Post reveal that the website is back online.

In a statement issued by the CEO of the company, Ayo Ojuroye, who is its co-founder, he apologised to customers.

“Many of our customers and stakeholders have had to deal with the inconvenience of not being able to access their accounts or place bets on the bet9ja.com platform.

“On behalf of the management and every member of the team, I would like to apologise for this and express that we deeply regret this situation.”

FG Condemns the Hacking

On April 8, 2022, the Federal Government through the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, NLRC, condemned the attack.

In a statement released through its Twitter handle, NLRC gave the assurance that there won’t be any loss to customers.

Furthermore, the commission said that it was working with the management of Bet9ja to safeguard customers’ deposits.

The statement reads;

“The management of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission is using this medium to inform the general public.

“That it is aware that KC Gaming Networks Limited (Bet9ja), one of the leading Sports Betting operators in Nigeria, recently suffered cyber-attacks on its operations.

“As the apex regulator of lotteries and gaming in Nigeria, we entirely condemn such a nefarious act that has adversely affected the company’s operations, howbeit temporarily.

“Furthermore, the NLRC is not unmindful of the challenges posed by this ugly situation to the Nigerian gaming public.

“However, we gladly state that Bet9ja is already on top of the matter, and normalcy will return to their business operations.

“Therefore, the gaming public should rest assured that the commission is working with Bet9ja to ensure that no one suffers any loss due to this situation.

“Consequently, we entreat your patience and understanding while the company restores its normal operations soon.”

Who’s Next

If companies in Nigeria don’t take proactive steps, Bet9ja’s type of attack may spread to other top online companies.

Also, the United States had earlier warned of impending Russian cyber attacks.

This prompted the country to get rid of malware from computer networks all over the world.

America claimed that the removed malware allowed Russians to produce ‘botnets’.

Besides, Botnets are networks of infected private computers administered by G.R.U., Russia’s intelligence unit.

Hence, leading online companies need to take urgent steps in creating a solid security framework to prevent future cyber attacks.

In the meantime, the Bet9ja shop owner visited by Naija Post is happy that he is back in business.

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