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FUTA suspends student hacker for allegedly attacking Premium Times website

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The Federal University of Technology, Akure has suspended, indefinitely, Afolabi Emmanuel, a final year student of the Department of Food Science and Technology for hacking the website of an online newspaper, the Premium Times.

The suspension order, according to the institution’s Deputy Director, Corporate Communications, Adegbenro Adebanjo was a follow up to a complaint received from the management of Premium Tines about a Denial of Service (DOS) attack on its website on the 28th and 29th, 2020 through a concerted vulnerability scanning by an individual using the university’s IT infrastructure.

The suspension letter read in part: “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 around the precincts of the Federal University throughout the period of his suspension. The university deplores such behaviours 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 of and on the campus.”

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