IT security breach causes WebCenter shutdown

IT security breach causes WebCenter shutdown
IT security breach causes WebCenter shutdown 

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 
home early.

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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