5G might expose Nigeria to espionage.
The office of the national security adviser (NSA) has made its fret known upon the deployment of 5th Generation (5G) technology in Nigeria.
NSA Communications Director Bala Fakandu, who appeared before the Senate Communications Committee on Thursday February 25, said they were worried about the intentional flaws and backdoors inside the, according to him, 5G network equipment could expose Nigeria to “eavesdropping, surveillance, cyber-attacks, military and industrial monitoring and other disruptive activities by foreign actors.”
In the formulation of the policy that would direct the use of 5G in the region, Fakandu also requested the Ministry of Communications and the digital economy to take them along.
”The intentional bugs and backdoors within the 5G network equipment are of concern to us.
It is one of the biggest issues we have and this would make the networks particularly vulnerable to foreign agents’ eavesdropping, surveillance, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage and other disruptive activities.
”We recognize that there are things that are going to be put in motion, particularly in the policies that the minister has addressed.”
“I need to highlight this so that the friends of the telecommunications sector will know where we come from and the national security concerns are the interest of the office of the national security advisor and even of the president.”