Bet9ja, a popular betting company in Nigeria, has encountered a cybersecurity attack shutting out users from accessing the platform. An update to this effect was made by the company days after its website went offline and consumers had complained of difficulties in accessing the platform. As at the time of this report, it is yet to be disclosed when the hacking took place and the duration.
The nature of Bet9ja’s business, which is attractive to the young population, leads to the processing of large amount of data; hence its information security management system is expected to be tight and prompt response made to any security attack.
Hear from Bet9ja
According to the statement on its Twitter handle, the Bet9ja betting platform, just like so many market-leading global organisations, has recently become a victim of a sophisticated criminal cyber-attack, which is restricting our customers from having access to the platform.
We are working tirelessly with our IT Team, independent forensics and cybercrime experts to resolve this. We take this matter extremely seriously. Our priority is protecting our customers and you have our assurances that your accounts will not be compromised, and all your funds are safe.
We apologize for this situation and once back online, we will reward our loyal customers with a truly sensational bonanza of promotions. More information to follow. Any information not shared by Bet9ja should not be regarded as credible.
We appreciate your patience and understanding at this difficult time. We will be back stronger, continuing to provide you with the best-in-class betting experience, as soon as is technically possible.
Although there are reports relating the cyber attack to the Russia-linked cybercrime gang, BlackCat, the official statement made by Bet9ja on its Twitter handle, did not disclose this fact.
We will report more information as they are made available.