By Ben Gittleson
The Tufts Daily
October 6, 2009
An unusually large-scale hacking attack over the weekend affected at
least 100 computers on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus, causing the
university to temporarily shut down WebCenter and send many employees
The security breach likely resulted from people outside of the
university trying to hijack Tufts-affiliated computers in order to send
out spam e-mails or to use network storage space for other purposes,
according to Dawn Irish, director of communications and organizational
effectiveness for University Information Technology (UIT). Irish said
that information technology officials will not know for sure what caused
the attack until they complete an analysis this week.
Impacted computers included those in faculty and staff offices in the
Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, as well as machines in
Tisch Library and in Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs and
Student Services (USS), Irish said.
She added that to the best of her knowledge only three of the
approximately 100 computers affected belonged to students.
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