Kabarak University on Saturday, May 6, raised an alarm that their official Facebook account was compromised by a group of cybercriminals.
In a statement sent by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Henry Kiplangat, the misleading information and images contravened the Biblical Christian values of the university.
The VC, however, assured their stakeholders and the general public that necessary measures were being undertaken to take action against the perpetrators.
As a result, the criminals are using it to spread malicious and misleading images and information that are contrary to the Biblical Christian values of Kabarak University.
We want to assure our stakeholders and the general public that we are taking all necessary measures to regain control of our page and prevent any further unauthorized access.
“We urge our followers and prospective students to disregard information posted by these criminals and to contact us directly through our official website or other verified channels.
“It is important to note that any information or advertisements posted on our Facebook page by these criminals do not represent our institution, and we dissociate ourselves from them entirely.
“We understand that this situation has caused significant disruption to our online presence through our Facebook page, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to resolve this issue,” the statement read in part.
The VC affirmed that the university would heighten its cyber security measures to prevent further breaches.
Prior to the notice, Kabarak University sent out a notice, stating that they had surrendered the page to the scammer and had subsequently created another page.
Further, the university promised that action would be taken against the hacker as they would not give in to their demands. As a result, the ICT manager was suspended till further notice.
“Since our official page was hacked, we as the Kabarak University have decided to surrender this page to this scammer and we’ve been ordered to create another page.
“We’ve forwarded this case to the concerned authorities and the action is being undertaken. We do apologize for any inconvenience brought by the malicious act. We’ve decided to suspend the ICT manager till further notice. Follow our new page for new updates from the University,” read part of the statement.
The hacker, who had demanded Ksh68,250 (500 dollars) for the University to regain its account, stated: “I will not return this account, but I challenge all of you to reclaim this account immediately-regards a student from one of Jakarta’s IT-based high schools, (Indonesia).”
The hacked Facebook account is verified and has 46,000 followers and 36,000 likes.
How to Safeguard Your FB Account
For users who suspect that their accounts were hacked, Facebook has a step-by-step procedure to recover and secure them.
Review your timeline in order to take note of any suspicious activity. This includes; the change of the email address or password, change of profile details such as name or birthday, friend requests from unknown accounts, sent messages that you did not write and posts or ads that you didn’t create.
Visit Facebook(dot)com(forward slash)hacked in order to secure your account. Facebook will ask you to change your password and review recent login activity.