From Lateef Dada, Osogbo

Suspected hackers on Wednesday disrupted the Computer Based Test exercise for the recruitment of teachers in Osun State.

It was gathered that some applicants could not partake in the exercise and returned home after some hours.

The management of Osun State University said the disruption occurred only in two out of thirteen centres accredited for the exercise.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of Uniosun, Ademola Adesoji, confirmed that the server of the university was hacked overnight by unknown criminals attempting to disrupt the exercise.

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He said “Unexpectedly, our server was attacked at midnight today (Wednesday). We responded technically and frustrated attempts to breach our core software and question bank.

“The damage inflicted on the server required time to resolve, resulting in an undue delay in the start of exams and necessitating the rescheduling of tests at two out of thirteen centres.

“We are relieved that the hackers or opponents of this recruitment process have failed in their attempts to thwart us.

“Examinations have concluded at 11 out of the 13 locations. However, the two problematic centres, Osogbo and Ikire, will be rescheduled based on the Ministry’s decision,” Adesoji said.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, M. A. Jimoh, had announced that the CBT would be held at different Uniosun designated centres.