FUTA Suspends Student Who Hacked Premium Times Website

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The Federal University of Technology, Akure(FUTA) has slammed an indefinite suspension on  a final year student of the Department of Food Science and Technology, Afolabi Emmanuel, for hacking the website of an online news publication, the Premium Times, an act that constitutes misconduct and misuse of university information technology infrastructure.

In the letter of suspension dated August 5, 2020, a copy which was sighted by The Politico, 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 said it 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 authorization, to perpetrate the act. 

 

The suspension letter 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.” 

The implication of the suspension letter, a source explained, is that in effect, Emmanuel should not be found anywhere in or near the precincts of the university throughout the period of his indefinite suspension.

The statement further read that the university  deplored such behavior, reiterating  that it will continue to visit such aberrant act with the full weight of the rules and regulations governing students 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, the statement concluded.

As of the time of filing this report, Emmanuel could not be reached for his view on the suspension.