The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has issued a notice of indefinite suspension to one of its students, Afolabi Emmanuel for hacking into the website of Premium Times magazine.
According to the university authorities, Afolabi who is a final year student of the department of Food Science and Technology misused the IT infrastructure of FUTA to hack into Premium Times website in February, 2020.
While issuing a statement to Premium Times, the head of corporate communications for the University, Adegbenro Adegbenga confirmed that the suspension took effect from March 18, 2020.
According to statement, the management of FUTA received a complaint from Premium Times that someone had hacked their systems and denied them access using the ID of the university.
Upon Investigation, it was discovered that Mr. Afolabi used the login credentials of two members of staff to gain unauthorized access for his hacking activities.
According to the statement;
In the letter of suspension dated August 5, 2020, the University noted that it received 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.
“Following the complaint, the University management initiated an investigation and it was discovered that Emmanuel carried out the alleged act of misconduct using the login credentials of two members of staff, without authorization, to perpetrate the act.
“The notification of indefinite suspension letter addressed to Emmanuel and his sponsors reads in part, ‘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 March 2020.’
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.
“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.”