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Hackers Gain Access to JAMB Intranet Site and Divert Millions

Filed in Exam, Jamb News by on June 20, 2021

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JAMB Intranet: Did you that the JAMB intranet site was hacked? The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) disclosed some days ago that its intranet site was hacked by scammers. And this caused confusion in the registration and conduct of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

However, would you like to get more information about this and how not to be a victim? If yes, then continue reading.

 Hackers Gain Access to JAMB Intranet Site, Divert Millions

What Do You Know about JAMB?

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) is a Nigerian entrance examination board. It for is tertiary-level institutions.

Also, the board conducts an entrance Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination for prospective undergraduates into Nigerian universities.

Additionally, the board is also charged with the responsibility to administer similar examinations. And this is for applicants to Nigerian public and private monotechnics, polytechnics. As well as colleges of educations.

The pioneer Registrar was Mr. Michael Saidu Angulu. He served from inception in 1978 to 1986. However, the current registrar of Jamb is Professor Ishaq Oloyede.

He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2016.

JAMB on JAMB Intranet Hack

JAMB said that dozens of scammers succeeded in altering profiles of the Board’s ad hoc staff. And they diverted over N10 million meant for their allowances. This was revealed by the JAMB Registrar Prof Ishaq Oloyede to reporters in Abuja.

Also, he said that the Board uncovered the fraud after a careful investigation. And according to him, this led to the arrest of one Sahabi Zubairu from Takum in Taraba State and several others.

Prof Oloyede on JAMB Intranet Hack

Also, Prof Oloyede explained that the fraudsters used KeyLogger. KeyLogger is software that allows access to the profile of anyone who has logged into a site using a public cybercafé.

However, it is pertinent to note that this is even after the person might have logged out and left the public cybercafé.

Also, he clarified that the hacked site was not for application to become a JAMB ad hoc staff. However, it was for JAMB ad hoc staff to supply their bank account details. And to submit names for payment of their allowances.

Some Implications of the JAMB Intranet Hack

The hackers managed to divert several millions of naira meant for the payment of their allowances.

The JAMB Registrar said that the suspect, Zubairu, deleted the names of the original ad hoc staff and their telephone numbers. What he did next?

He substituted them with him, adding that those affected include code number 313 and 312, among others.


Confession of the Suspect of JAMB Intranet Hack

The suspect, narrating how he carried out the crime, said a friend of his known as Samuel Tanko, now at large, introduced him to the website.

This said friend of his supplied him with a code to apply as a JAMB ad hoc staff. This was when they met at Saltee Cybercafé in Takum where he resides according to him.

Also, he admitted that what he did was not an application but a successful alteration of the account details. And phone numbers of the original owners of the code listed on the site, who were posted across the country by the Board.

Update from JAMB on the Issue

Update from JAMB on the Intranet Hack

JAMB has in the meantime announced that the use of email is no longer required for 2021 UTME and Direct Entry (DE) registration processes.

Also, the Board said emails will only be requested at the successful completion of registration by candidates to access information on the examination.

Furthermore, JAMB said that the new system is to ensure candidates’ information is not exposed to fraudulent cybercafé operators and other criminals who, in the course of UTME/ Direct Entry registration, steal email passwords to perpetrate fraud.

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