‎FUTA suspends final year student for hacking Premium Times website


The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), on Wednesday suspended a final year student of the Department of Food Science and Technology, Afolabi Emmanuel, for hacking the website of Premium Times, an online news publication.‎

‎A statement by the Deputy Director, Corporate Communication, FUTA, Adegbenro Adebanjo, explained that the suspension was indefinite. ‎‎

The suspension was conveyed to Emmanuel in a letter dated August 5, 2020.‎

Adebanjo, in the statement, said the university eceived a complaint from Premium Times about a  Denial of Service, DOS,  attack on its website between 28th and 29th February 2020 through a concerted vulnerability scanning by a person using IT infrastructure of the university.‎

‎The statement added that following the complaint, the university management initiated an investigation and it was discovered that Emmanuel carried out the alleged act.‎

The undergraduate allegedly used the login credentials of two members of staff, without authorization, to perpetrate the act.‎‎

Parts of the Notification of Indefinite Suspension letter addressed to Emmanuel reads, “In the extant Student’s Handbook of Information, your action is 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 March 2020.‎

“In effect, Emmanuel should not be found anywhere in or near the precincts of the Federal University throughout the period of his indefinite suspension.

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“The University deplores such behavior and reiterates that it will continue to visit such aberrant act with the full weight of the rules and regulations governing Student’s behavior 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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