Nigeria’s ruling party, All People’s Congress has distanced itself from its official account that was hacked on Saturday and allegedly sold for $2000.
The new handler of the account, one John McAfee changed the name but maintained the account name as ‘@APCNigeria’. The account is currently being run from San Francisco, United States and currently selling bitcoins and cryptocurrencies.
@APCNigeria as recently as Friday, April 14 was used to deliver updates on the workings of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and the ruling party.
“For the umpteenth time, @APCNigeria is not the official Twitter handle of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In several official statements, we have disclaimed that handle. We view this latest development as a case of criminal impersonation,” the spokesman of the APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, said on his personal Twitter account.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) April 15, 2018
The incident is yet another demonstration of the fragility of political systems to technological and cyber threats.