Ca: Thousands of University of Alberta students, faculty put at risk in malware security breach

Juris Graney reports:

Malware installed on more than 300 computers put over 3,000 University of Alberta students at risk late last year, but because of a police probe resulting in charges against a 19-year-old man, the breach wasn’t shared campus-wide until Thursday.

In a statement posted to its website, Gordie Mah, the chief information security officer at U of A, said the case involved the installation of malware on 304 university computers in 20 classrooms and labs in the Library Knowledge Commons, Computing Science Centre and in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science.

Mah said the Information Services and Technology unit detected the malware on Nov. 22 and “took immediate steps to contain the risk.”

Read more on Calgary Sun.

A bit more on the arrest of the student can be found here.

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