A View from an Expert on the Hacking of Olabisi Onabanjo University’s WebsiteNovember 12, 2021
All over the globe, websites are being hacked. It is not unusual for websites to be hacked. The attack on Olabisi Onabanjo University was not unusual. However, we can conclude that the attack was shocking when we look at the institution that is the owner of the site.
After the hack was reported on popular forums and blogs, we discovered that certain files on the university’s website were infected by dangerous macro viruses. These viruses caused havoc and tried to wipe out the server’s hard drive.
Why was the virus spreading?
There are many online activities that could have led to the website being vulnerable to such an attack. These include:
Cyber-criminals may have gained remote access to the website’s server. This could mean that files stored on the university’s web server had been accessed remotely by malicious individuals who might have enjoyed uploading infected content to the server. Perhaps the webmaster responsible for the website lost his cPanel password.
– The downloading and installation of infected program files to university’s web server. There is another possibility that the webmaster, or anyone else with access to the cPanel, may have “innocently” downloaded and installed infected third party software from an untrustworthy source.
Information Interception: The university’s website could have been used techmash to send unencrypted messages to another web server without a secure connection. Cyber-criminals could have intercepted information and then infected it with a virus before further transmission.
How do we prevent future viral attacks on the university website?
The university’s webmaster should take the following easy, but highly effective steps to prevent further viral attacks:
He should activate the firewall system on the computer that he uses for accessing the cPanel. Firewalls protect a computer, network, or web server from other internet users. A firewall program running on the webmaster’s computer will prevent hackers from accessing the site’s servers unless the webmaster has compromised his password.
A good antivirus program should be used. It will protect your web server from any other programs that are downloaded or installed. Real-time scanning of files will detect dangerous macro viruses and move them to a separate folder before they are deleted from the system. An antivirus program that is regularly updated and automatically scans files and files to detect and remove dangerous macro viruses from the system.
What is the future?
The university webmaster could have a backup of the site’s files stored on an external hard drive. If this is the case, the domain could be moved to another server and the backed up files uploaded to be restored to allow the website to work again as if it never happened. However, if files weren’t backed up before the viral attack, the university will need to design and build a new website.