The University of NSW targeted by computer hackers


January 23, 2013

In further news that highlights the value of achieving thorough vulnerability management through regular security audit evaluations, the University of NSW (UNSW) has confirmed it has recently been the target of malicious computer hackers.

A spokesperson for the University told the media that the first successful intrusion occurred on Christmas Day, with the affected server being quickly shut down on Boxing Day.

Further attacks purportedly occurred during the last week of December and into the early parts of January, according to Fairfax Media.

The university was forced to shut down 25 of its servers and suspended a number of accounts as a precautionary measure, but there is currently no indication that the hackers were able to successfully cause loss or damage.

"UNSW maintains regular contact with law enforcement agencies but we have not yet requested their involvement. We will make that assessment under advice once the investigation has progressed further," the UNSW spokesperson is reported as saying.

Staff members affected by the incident have now been notified, and the UNSW has moved to change all staff passwords in order to mitigate the risk of such future incidents.

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