Hackers Attack Website Of Ghana’s Election Commission

Hackers yesterday targeted the website of Ghana’s electoral commission as votes were counted after tightly contested elections.

The commission said the website was up again, and an attempt to put up “fake results” failed.

In a tweet, it urged people to ignore the “fake results” circulating on social media.

Also yesterday, tension, confusion and suspicion greeted the exercise, as the umpire, Electoral Commission (EC), was silent over the outcome. Results were yet to be officially announced at the time of filing this report. However, about 80 per cent of the results had been declared from the 29,000 polling booths nationwide.

The development contradicts the smooth election environment that has been prevailing in the country since return of democratic dispensation in 1992.

Expectedly, the suspense created extreme tension in the country yesterday as security was beefed up to curtail untoward incidents although the exercise had been peaceful except pockets of misunderstanding in a few places.

However, the Ghanaian media had since midnight Wednesday been announcing the results declared by returning officers from most of the polling booths which put Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo ahead of the incumbent, John Dramani Mahama, hours after voting, but the tallies must be officially certified by the electoral body.

The commission’s delay in announcing the results yesterday forced Akuffo-Addo, the candidate of the largest opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP) to address a press conference where he claimed victory.



BREAKING: Ghana election commission website hacked

Hackers have targeted the website of Ghana’s electoral commission as votes are counted after tightly contested elections.

The commission says the website is up again, but it it is currently blank.

The commission has tweeted, urging people to ignore “fake results” circulating on social media.

President John Mahama is facing a strong challenge from main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo in a campaign dominated by Ghana’s faltering economy.

Wednesday’s election passed off peacefully, but voting was postponed to Thursday in one constituency after voting material failed to arrive on time.

A run-off will be held later in the month if neither of the two main candidates secures more than 50% of the votes.

In the previous election in 2012, Mr Mahama defeated Mr Akufo-Addo by less than 300,000 votes.

“We deplore the attempt to hack the EC’s [electoral commission’s] website. Please respect the integrity and independence of the EC,” it said in a tweet.

All seven candidates have pledged to keep the process peaceful but an opposition supporter died when a rally tuned violent on Monday.

Results are expected in the next two days

Voting in his northern home region of Bole on Wednesday, where he was mobbed by a cheering crowd, President Mahama said Ghana’s democracy had “matured” and this election would further consolidate it.

Asked about corruption, he told AFP news agency: “There is a general perception of corruption in all African countries. I think it is a stage of our development. As we continue to strengthen the institutions of state, I think that people will come to see the integrity in these institutions.”

Mr Akufo-Addo said he hoped for an orderly election as he voted in Kibi in the south of Ghana.

“It’s very important that this process goes off efficiently and smoothly and peacefully so that Ghana continues to maintain its deserved image of being a democracy that takes democracy seriously,” he said.

The candidates signed a pact last week vowing to follow electoral rules and keep the peace.

Clashes near the border with Togo on Monday left one person dead and six in a critical condition.

Defeat for Mr Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would make him the first incumbent to lose an election since Ghana returned to multi-party democracy.

He has been nicknamed “Mr Dumsor”, a local word that refers to the power cuts that have blighted the country during his term, but on the campaign trial has been trying to convince Ghanaians that he is delivering on his promise of creating more jobs.

Mr Akufo-Addo has promised free high-school education and more factories, but his critics have questioned the viability of his ambitions.

The other four candidates include former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP), whose husband Jerry John Rawlings initially took power in the 1979 coup.

She is the first woman to run for president in the West African country.

Police shut down 4,500 websites selling fake products.

Police have shut down 4,500 websites selling fake goods as part of a worldwide crackdown on trademark piracy, European law enforcement agency, Europol, reported on Tuesday.


The operation, which was carried out jointly by Europol, Interpol and U.S. legal authorities, targeted websites in 27 countries.


Investigators focused their efforts on online shops selling luxury goods, sportswear, replacement parts, medicines and cosmetics.


“The internet was increasingly being used to sell fake products.


“These products might look like bargains, but they can pose a real threat to the safety and security of consumers,’’ Europol wrote.


The agencies have also launched a media campaign to educate consumers.

Donald Trump’s Muslims ban statement reappears on website.

Following questions from journalists, one of US President-elect, Donald Trump’s campaign promises to ban Muslims from entering America has reappeared on his website on Thursday.


Trump during his campaign had made a divisive statement that he would suspend immigration for Muslims and from any country “that has been compromised by terrorism.”


The campaign promise had disappeared from his website after his victory at thr polls but reappeared on Thursday, AFP reports.


One of Trump’s campaign staff said the statement disappeared because of a technical glitch.


“The website was temporarily redirecting all specific press release pages to the homepage. It is currently being addressed and will be fixed shortly,” the campaign said in a statement.


Trump had called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

Canadian Immigration Website Crashes As Trump Wins

According to Washington Times, the Canadian government’s immigration website crashed Tuesday night when the billionaire Republican moved closer to the 270 electoral votes he needs to claim the White House.

It was recalled that many Americans publicly expressed that they will leave the country for Canada if Trump wins, and it seems this is likely to happen with the overload on the Canandian Immigration website.

Meanwhile the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Twitter page is yet acknowledge the crash but the immigration website has crashed showing a ‘500 – Internal server error’ message.

It will interest you to know that Major media outlets including Fortune magazine and USA Today recently published articles explaining how Americans could emigrate to Canada. And earlier this year, the Canadian town of Cape Breton launched a public-relations effort appealing to U.S. citizens who may wish to move north if Trump wins.

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Website Selling Phone Casing That Serves As Vibrator For Women

According to IZIVIBE’s website, the product’s “internal dildo structure is designed to propagate the phone’s vibrations along the entire length to get a maximum of pleasure.”

It seems like it works like many other vibrators—you can adjust the intensity or let your partner run the controls—but it’s part of your phone, so you can take it anywhere. As long as you don’t mind explaining to people why your phone has a giant dildo sticking out of it. The configuration actually reminds me of the Selfie Brush.

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How I Spent N78 Million On Website, Mobile Apps, Others- Fashola

The immediate past governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, has finally responded to the allegation that he approved a contract worth N78 million for the upgrade of his personal website.

Last weekend, analytic firm, BudgIT, revealed that Mr. Fashola approved, before he left office, a contract of N78.3 million from the state treasury for an upgrade of his personal website.

The news caused outrage among Nigerians who accused the former governor of financial recklessness and the misappropriation of public fund.

In a statement he personally signed on Thursday, Mr. Fashola admitted that indeed a contract valued at that amount was awarded, but it involves the provision of other services beyond the upgrade of the website.

Mr. Fashola’s statement comes on the heels of the denial by the contractor, Info Access Plus, that it received N78 million. The company said though it quoted N12.5 million for the upgrade of the website, www.fashola.com, it only received N10 million from the state government.

On Thursday, the former governor said only N12 million was actually awarded for the upgrade of the site while other services such as the handover countdown clock, mobile apps for Google, for iOS ipad, for Microsoft, and Blackberry and the annual maintenance cost for managing the site make up the total of N78 million.

He said due process was followed before the contract was awarded and that the procurement agency, PPA, did not raise any objection as at the time the contract was awarded.

“It was for these services that the contract was issued for N78 million, which the Lagos State procurement agency gave a No Objection based on the advice of the Ministry of Science and Technology, who are the government adviser on ICT matters.

“In publishing the contract award which was the government tradition under my watch, the procurement agency ‘s website summarized it as ‘upgrade’ only without detailing the other services and this has been distorted by the agents of hate as their suspected ‘smoking gun’”, he said.

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Fashola Dragged To EFCC Over N78 Million Website Scandal

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption, a coalition of anti-corruption organisations in Nigeria, has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the “questionable expenditures” of the administration of Babatunde Fashola, the immediate past governor of Lagos State.

In a petition dated August 10 and addressed to the EFCC Chairman, the group called for the probe of the controversial N78 million spent on the personal website of Mr. Fashola

There was outrage last weekend after analytic firm, BudgIT, revealed that Mr. Fashola approved, before he left office, N78.3 million from the state’s treasury for an upgrade of his personal website.

The contract for the refurbishment of the website was awarded to Info Access Plus Limited by the office of the Chief of Staff to the former governor.

The company, however, denied receiving the amount, insisting that it was paid N10 million.

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Google Alphabet Website Blocked In China First Day

Tech geeks in China looking to understand Google’s newly unveiled corporate structure are out of luck: the website of the new parent company, dubbed Alphabet, was blocked less than 24 hours after going live.

Google unveiled a surprise corporate overhaul Tuesday forming Alphabet, a holding company that will include Internet search and a handful of independent companies, such as the research arm X Lab, investment unit Google Ventures and health and science operations.

So far the website only contains a letter from Google co-founder Larry Page and a link to Google’s existing investor relations page.

But the website for Alphabet, www.abc.xyz, is already blocked in China, which operates the world’s most extensive and sophisticated Internet censorship system, known as the “Great Firewall”.

Despite the block, the announcement of Google’s restructuring was widely reported in Chinese official media, including the People’s Daily, the official Communist Party mouthpiece.

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Defence HQ Website Hacked- Vanguard

The Defence Headquarters website has been hacked. The site defenceinfo.mil.ng was hacked into in the early hours of Friday.

However, the Defence Headquarters’ said its information blog site has been restored. According to a statement signed by Major General Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, “The site was defaced at the front end. However, the hackers could not infiltrate the database of the site.

“Preliminary investigation shows that the attack was from the end of the site’s host. One Ima Sadiq who posed as the hacker has been knocked off and normal activities on the channel has resumed.

“Apparently, the blog site was targeted because of its role as a major channel for disseminating information on military and security activities in the nation’s counter-terrorism campaign”, he said.