Hackers Gain Access Into JAMB’s Site Divert Over N10m

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says hackers have gained access into its intranet site and altered the profiles of its ad hoc staff. Ishaq Oloyede, the registrar of the board, spoke on Tuesday while addressing journalists in Abuja.

Oloyede said over N10 million which was set aside as allowance for the ad hoc staff was diverted. According to him, the board uncovered the fraud after a careful investigation, which led to the arrest of one Sahabi Zubairu from Takum in Taraba state, among several others.

He noted that government policy requires that monies meant for ad hoc staff are paid into the accounts of the beneficiaries, a situation that gave room for “this kind of challenge the board was facing.”

He, however, decried the failure of the accounting department to detect the fraud by cross-checking the names on the accounts to ensure that they tallied with those listed on the website or owners of the codes.

The JAMB boss, who noted that ad hoc staff of the board have since been paid, assured that the stolen money will be recovered and the perpetrators handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

On how the fraudsters gained access to the profiles, Oloyede explained that they used Key Logger, a software that allows access to the profile of anyone who has logged in using a public cybercafé even after the person has logged out and gone.

He said that the site wasn’t for application to become JAMB ad hoc staff, but for JAMB ad hoc staff to supply their account details and names for payment of their allowances. Oloyede said Zubairu deleted the names of the original ad hoc staff and their telephone numbers and substituted them with his, adding that those affected include code numbers 313 and 312, among others.

He said that at least ten scammers paraded by JAMB before journalists on Tuesday in Bwari, Abuja admitted to the crime and said they were lured into it by Zubairu.

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