October 20, 2014

Intelligence agency? Personnel data of SSS agents is leaked on the Internet

There is tension at the State Security Service after it was reported that personnel records of both former and current members of the spy agency, including home addresses and identities of family members, were leaked.

The Vanguard reported that the SSS has embarked on a secret probe to ascertain those behind the leak.

According to the AP the dangerous list was leaked alongside a threatening message that indicated the perpetrators could be members of the Boko Haram militant sect.

The private details of the more than 60 past and current SSS officials remained available on the Internet for days, the report said, adding that even the details of the agency’s director general, Mr Ita Ekpenyong, including his cell phone number, bank account details and contact information for his son were all available as well.

None of the agents would comment on the embarrassing situation except to say that they received no warning from the SSS about the leak of their information.

The information was reportedly posted in the comment section of a website and remained there for days. The security breach comes as a shock to the SSS and has Nigerian wondering about the competency of its intelligence agency.

Marilyn Ogar, spokesperson for the SSS, has declined to make any comments, but a source told the Vanguard that the agency was aware of the development and is investigating it.

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