ASU shuts down online access after security breach

Anne Ryman reports:

Arizona State University plans to have its online computer system back up by 7 p.m. Thursday at the latest, following a security breach that forced a shutdown.

On Wednesday evening, ASU students and employees were told in a security text alert that the university’s ASURITE computer system may have been compromised and that all online services had been suspended.

This is the university’s main online system, where students and employees put in their passwords to log in and access classes and other services. More than 300,000 people have accounts through the system.

ASU officials said an encrypted file containing user names and passwords was downloaded Wednesday by an unknown person outside the university. There is no evidence that any information has been compromised, but all online services were shut down as a precaution.

Read more on Tucson Citizen.  The system was subsequently restored.

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