Hacked Iowa State University Server Used by State Schools

Mike Anderson of McClatchy reports:

The brand of servers targeted in an online security breach at Iowa State University is vulnerable to hacking attacks and is used by all three of Iowa’s state universities.

ISU has 10 servers manufactured by Taiwanese hardware company Synology, five of which were subject to the attack disclosed Tuesday.

The infected servers stored the Social Security information of nearly 30,000 students. It remains unclear whether that information was compromised.

Unprotected Synology devices all over the world are uniquely susceptible to certain types of automated malicious software, one of which is called “minerd,” a binary code that ISU Information Security Officer Andy Weisskopf found in five of the 10 Synology servers on campus.

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