IT News Nigeria:
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr. Ibrahim Pantami, has said contrary to Sahara Reporters claims government officials do not use Windows 7 for videoconferencing and that the ministry received not more than N1.5 billion in 2019.
In a tweet today, he said: “THIS IS NOT TRUE:1)No government official uses Windows 7 for videoconferencing; 2) Entire capital released of & @FMoCDENigeria in 2019 is less than N1.5 billion including constituency projects; & 3)The screen is standalone, & not even connected to d internet,& not for the Mins.”
Sahara reporters had earlier stated in a PHOTONEWS that: “Nigeria’s Minister Of Communications and Digital Economy, @DrIsaPantami, Supervises Windows 7 To Be Used By Government Officials For Video Conferencing In 2020 Despite N17bn Budget For Ministry In 2019.”
The Ministry also tweeted that: With the official End of Support (EoS) of the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System (OS) which came into effect on 14th January 2020, we were the first to warned Nigerians against the use of Microsoft’s Window 7 Operating System (OS) as it is vulnerable to viruses and malware.
Others join in the fray to repond to the drama:
Fatboy Rico @AnowiRico: But Microsoft has stopped sending security support for Windows 7 hence it’s insecure and prone to cyber attacks.
OK Babalola @okbabalola: Any windows 7 installation in that facility is an attack surface for hackers! Microsoft doesn’t support it again. It should not be found in a national video conferencing facility period even if it is desktop used by the cleaners!
Felix Odeli Baba,you know @SaharaReporters na. But I think @FMoCDENigeria @DrIsaPantami isn’t telling us something too. From the pix,we can see windows 7,we can also see a TeamViewer dialogue box. If we assume it’s being projected from another computer,then that’s also an intrusion threat.
In early February the Minister alerted the general public on the risks of using Windows 7 powered devices for internet-based services that require the use of sensitive information such as internet banking. With the official End of Support (EoS) of the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System (OS) which came into effect on 14th January 2020, the Minister said the best way to remain secure is to use the latest Operating Systems available.