Kabarak University has announced it already regained access to its Facebook page after a hacker took it over during the weekend and started posting mischievous messages.
In a statement dated May 9, the university’s vice-Chancellor Henry Kiplangat confirmed that the page was recovered following joint efforts by the institution’s cyber security team and experts from Facebook’s parent company, Meta.
“The team worked tirelessly and deployed a wide range of cyber security measures to recover the taken-over Facebook account within the shortest time possible. The recovery process took sleepless nights and long days,”the statement read in part.
This comes after the hacker claiming to be from Indonesia threatened not to surrender the account to the university. He had also demanded 500 dollars to let go the account.
However, on Tuesday, the page lit up the internet after photos of local politicians were shared, alongside cheeky captions.
Under a photo of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, the hacker wrote: “Naibu rice”, making Kenyans debate whether the person behind the posts was actually from Indonesia, where Jakarta is located, or just another Kenyan.
Some reports later revealed that Kabarak university had fired it’s ICT manager and surrendered the account to hackers and created a new account. The institution refuted all the aforementioned claims,restating that no one was fired and no other facebook account was formed.
Now the university has regained full control of the page and pulled down the hacker’s posts.