.It’s an upgrade, says Multichoice
Subscribers to the Pay-Tv operator, DStv and GOtv are currently having a field day as all the Pay-Tv channels have been de-encrypted. This allows free viewing either with active subscriptions or not.
This was alleged to have been a handiwork of the global hacker group, Anonymous, which has recently launched an onslaught against government website in solidarity with the EndSARS protesters.
However, DStv has debunked the hack rumour, saying all the channels on its array of bouquets were left open due to an ongoing upgrade on the system. Speaking to our correspondent, an official of the Pay-Tv company, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said there was no hack but an upgrade, which the customers had been informed about earlier.
A copy of the message sent to subscribers on between Thursday and Friday read: Dear customer, please be informed that Multichoice offices are undergoing a system upgrade from 11 pm Saturday 17th October to 4 pm Monday, October 19, 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”
While the message did not in any way indicate that channels would be de-encrypted, Nigerians who took to the social media to express their gratitude to the Anonymous hackers said the free viewing could not have been as a result of the upgrade. “I doubt it, is it just today they started to upgrade? DStv can’t be that nice,” a customer had said.
Meanwhile, while some are thanking Anonymous for the ‘hack’ other set of customers are alleging that the free viewing could be a ploy by the Federal Government to distract the attention of the protesting youths. “DStv, how much were you paid to open all channels so we can be distracted? Tell your sponsors it would be your loss because we are focused,” one of the protesters said in a Twitter post.
Anonymous, the hacker group, had over the weekend taken over the Twitter accounts of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and also hacked the websites of the country’s anti-corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).