FUTA suspends student for allegedly hacking Premium Times website

The management of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State has suspended one of its students, Mr  Afolabi Emmanuel for allegedly hacking the website of Premium Times.

Mr Adegbenro Adebayo, the university’s Deputy Director of Corporate Communications who made the announcement on Wednesday August 5 said the action of the final year student of the Department of Food Science and Technology constituted a misconduct and misuse of the university’s  IT infrastructure.

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The University’s management further revealed that it received a complaint from Premium Times  about a  Denial of Service/(DOS)  attack on its website between Feb. 28 and Feb. 29 through concerted vulnerability scanning by a person using the IT infrastructure  of the university.
An investigation which was carried out revealed that Emmanuel carried out the alleged act of misconduct using the log in credentials of two members of staff without authorisation.

The student who has been placed on indefinite suspension retroactively since March 18, is not to be found anywhere in or near the precincts of the institution throughout the period.

The statement partly read;

“Following the complaint, the university management initiated an investigation and it was discovered that Emmanuel carried out the alleged act of misconduct using the log in credentials of two members of staff without authorisation to perpetrate the act.

“In the extant Student’s Handbook of Information, your action is a misconduct to abuse the use of university IT infrastructure.

“While still putting in place an arrangement to give you an opportunity to explain yourself, you are hereby placed on an indefinite suspension retroactively from 18th of March, 2020.

“The university deplores such behaviour and reiterates that it will continue to visit such aberrant act with the full weight of the rules and regulations governing students’ behaviour and conduct off and on the campus. For the avoidance of doubt, only students who are worthy in learning and character can lay claim to and be addressed as FUTA students.”

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