Hackers have gained control of Multichoice cable services and given customers access to all channels, some online users speculate.
Some Nigerian users reported being able to watch premium DSTV and GoTV channels they didn’t even subscribe to.
They are crediting the suspected hack to Anonymous, a group of activist hackers who, in solidarity with EndSARS demonstrations, have been attacking websites belonging to the Nigerian government.
But others are wary and are calculating that the unlimited DSTV and GoTV could be a ploy by the Nigerian government to distract protesters.
Others say DSTV and GoTV opened the channels as a show of support for the protests.
Still others say Multichoice are upgrading their systems hence the issue. Multichoice has apparently confirmed this in a statement adding that the upgrade would last till 4pm on Monday.
CONFIRMED: DSTV and GOTV was not hacked. Multichoice are doing some kinda upgrade. So enjoy the free channels for now. #EndSARS— Valar Morghulis 💭 (@tommy_viccetti) October 18, 2020
Guys all the channels on DSTV are working😂😂😂💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽— Chioma🦋🦋 (@dahtgirl_ajex) October 18, 2020
My subscription expired last week but rn all the 745 channels are showing 😂😂😂#EndSARS
Anonymous never hacked DSTV.— CHESKY (@tweetsofchesky) October 18, 2020
The government knows your weak points. pic.twitter.com/i2U4NWshY6
I swear DSTV has been hacked or something. All my Chanel’s are working even the ones I didn’t subscribe too!! Check yours!! No joke I swear!!— Mohammed Jammal (@whitenigerian) October 18, 2020
Dear Anonymous that hacked DSTV, please help us hack MTN and credit all the users with 10k airtime and 100GB each, just to support the struggle of #EndSARS— Big Uncle 🔴🕊️ (@Usmanashafe) October 18, 2020
Thank you and God bless you pic.twitter.com/CXW6AZ9Eug
DSTV and GOTV are actually doing a month promo for Nigerians as their own way of supporting the #EndSARS movement, you saw it here first— OMOTAYO Of Lagos 🇳🇬 (@Tee_Classiquem1) October 18, 2020
DSTV and GOTV just opened all channels and even if you haven’t subscribed it should show too.— Unilag's Finest ✨ (@bluegirlolu) October 18, 2020
They are supporting the #EndSARS movement in their own way, Thank you oh Multichoice 🥺