HIT Hacked Again? More Than 3 500 Student Account Credentials Leaked

Harare Institute Of Technology

Last year in June, the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) was hacked and the individual behind the hack demanded US$999 (then later $6.4 billion) in order to return the files. This hacker also claimed to have secured some – in fact ALL- HIT databases and now there appears to be a new database that contains students information. Or is it a database from that last leak that has seen the light of day somehow? We are not entirely sure to be honest.


What now?

The leaked database contains the sensitive information of over 3 500 students and the details leaked include:

  • Registration Number (Regnum)
  • Passwords
  • Firstname
  • Surname

HIT students, you may want to change your password

The leaked database has already been viewed by over a 100 people – a rising number- and the page where it’s linked will expire in 27 days (which we won’t link to for obvious reasons). If you’re a HIT student it’s advisable to change the password on your Student Account. I say this because even though I’m not sure what is in the student accounts, I’m assuming there’s some important and personal stuff in there.

We are not sure if this data is from the last incident…

I personally know one of the students on the database but they enrolled before June’s hack so this seems like data from that hack. After the 2017 hack, HIT’s Head of Public Relations Mr Mutema had this to say:

I can confirm that we were attacked yesterday at around 4:30AM. Social media is however blowing the whole matter out of proportion. The attackers hacked into our website. They had temporary control of the servers hosting our website and emails. We pulled our systems from the internet until we managed to sort out the matter today (yesterday).

If this data we’re seeing now is from that leak, Mr Mutema may have slightly twisted the truth about this incident since this seems like a bigger deal than he cared to admit at the time. I guess the truth always finds a way out after all…

We reached out to HIT to confirm if this database was accessed after last year’s hack or if this is an entirely new leak. The support assistant we contacted could not put us through to who we were trying to get a comment, so we will add HIT’s response once they have responded.

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106 thoughts on “HIT Hacked Again? More Than 3 500 Student Account Credentials Leaked

  1. Hey people.. Being hacked doesn’t sto HIT from being the best tech institution… Our lectures are not the designers of our database neither is our students… If ttz wah u do at ur institutions I’m sry ttz not wah we do so being hack is not a true indication tt we not the best but just indicates tt currently our database are not tt secured coz if I say they have no security I will be lying ciz nomatter hw much u secure ur dB there is always a btr programmer than you and when he feels like hacking he will… So watz not best tech are those or its tt person who designed the database… About the issue of coping from. MSU tt wont happen… Im sry to say this Google is admiring our students every year and graduates are being employed to America and on top of tt empressing.

  2. Ko madii manorara muku bhadharwa here no one cares its Hit ‘s problems not ours …. at the end of the day tese tichafa and hapana anopinda denga neku hacker …… keep talking if u want but that wont stop Hit from succeeding … tese tichafa tichirwadziwa nekubudirira kwavo and vazhinji are commenting cz its hit dai tirisu MSU taingonzi vanoenda nepi basa nderekuita entertainment nezvisizvo

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