Our Facebook page was hacked for only five months, not six years – CBU

Our Facebook page was hacked for only five months, not six years – CBU

THE Copperbelt University (CBU) has refuted assertions that the institution’s Facebook page, that was restored on Friday, had been hacked for six years.

20-year-old CBU first year Computer Science student, Humphrey Manda had his technological exploits hailed by thousands online after CBU posted that it managed to recover its hacked Facebook account, all thanks to his computer literacy.

Manda was appreciated by many, especially that he is only months old at shaping his career.

The Facebook page, that made its first post on Friday since April 2018, indicated that the institution’s page administrators had no access to the platform for six years.

But CBU director of commercial and corporate affairs Maureen Mulindwa has contextualised the matter.

In a statement today, Mulindwa said the CBU Facebook page was hacked in November last year.

She noted that the six years misconception, in some cases, even led to derogatory comments about CBU, its faculty and staff among some Facebook users.

“The Facebook account was hacked in November 2023, only five months ago. Prior to that, the page was fully operational since its inception in 2015,” she said.

Mulindwa added that the reason the second latest post on the page was from as far as April, 2018 was only because the hackers deleted all content from the page that was posted by the institution after April 10, 2018 after gaining access.

She said the page was not restored by only Manda but several stakeholders and consultants, both internally and externally were involved.

“We are aware hackers are targeting institutions and that several forms have fallen prey to such attacks.

“But we are happy that the solution emanated from within the university community,” said Mulindwa.

“Copperbelt University is a public institution. We therefore urge media houses to reach to us and verify any information regarding the university before publishing it.”

By Buumba Mwitumwa


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