Yes you read that right. The official website of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has been hacked and replaced by the hacker’s own “message”. This is typical of any hack; the idea is mostly to prove to the admin that their systems have actually been breached.
The school currently runs the website using a custom CMS called KAN CMS. You can check it out by following this link: http://kancms.soft112.com/
Others suggest the school build a CMS around a more robust and secure option like WordPress or Drupal. I’m not saying those options are more secure (security in itself cannot be guaranteed by any system), but at least going with an industry standard that is highly supported by the tech community will be a better option. WordPress for instance has a huge open source support base. KAN CMS may have a similar standard, but hey, you got hacked.
Everyone gets hacked at some point in time; either through social engineering or via some zero-day exploit. But for a technology school like KNUST, this comes as a bit of a surprise. What is more surprising is the fact that the hack appears to be from students of the institution (we are yet to confirm this). But whatever be the case, we are hoping that the issue gets treated with utmost attention and resolved soon enough.
So there you have it. My own KNUST has stooped low for a wannabe hacker to use their website for testing. This is not strange nor is it news to me though. I remember we had a similar incident back in school; but it was resolved sooner than this. It’s been over 3 hours since reports of the hack got to me. It appears the admins in charge will wake up to this in the morning. In the mean time, let’s join in the hacker’s chat with whoever sudo is.