National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Hacked, Students De-registered, Results Deleted
The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) has announced that hackers likely injected a malware into the institution’s computer system which deleted students’ results, payment history and also made the student portal inaccessible to many other students.
ICT specialists at the institution have thus far been unable to restore the system, raising suspicions on whether the institution had backup and contingency plans for such a scenario.
A third-year scholar at the institution informed The Chronicle that the university was working on resolving the state of affairs adding that the incident had a huge impact on students supposed to be going for attachment for the reason that NUST set deadlines for securing internships.
Another scholar expressed concern about the missing results, saying if the online system isn’t fixed, students could be forced to retake courses they’ve done already.
Said the student:
"I pray that our results will not change when the system is restored. When I managed to open my portal two days ago the results of my supplemented courses were no longer there.
"I hope that can be resolved because if not I will have to re-register and re-write the same course again next year because special exams for final students this year have been written. It is my hope that the payment history does not get interrupted.
The university said that it is working flat out on rectifying the problem and fixing the online system, Navision. The institution added that mass registration for students and cleaning up exercise of their portals is underway.
Said the institution:
"To ensure a successful graduation ceremony and smooth running of blended teaching and learning, the university has moved to the old system of processing students’ results.
The university urged students to exercise patience adding that it is going to be updating development through the university website. When we visited the NUST at it was working well but showed a certificate error warning.
However, the portal is not yet accessible.