FUTA suspends final year student for hacking Premium Times website
Authorities of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, yesterday, suspended 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. In a statement by the school’s Deputy Director Corporate Communication, Adegbenro Adebanjo in Akure described the students’ action “as an act that constitutes misconduct and misuse of University IT infrastructure”. The letter of suspension was dated August 5, 2020. Adebanjo said: ‘The University 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 log in credentials of two members of staff, without authorization, to perpetrate the act.