Universities hacked in Zimbabwe, Canada

Mandla Ndlovu reports from Zimbabwe:

Midlands State University was forced to postpone its Student Representative Council Elections after hackers breached the security system.

In a statement posted on http://vote.msu.ac.zw/ the Registrar E Mupfiga said:

This communication serves to inform you that the SRC elections which were scheduled for Thursday, 9 November 2018 and Thursday, 15 November 2018 have been postponed until further notice.

The postponement is as a result of a serious and massive security breach which has been detected by our Information and Technology experts.

Please note that the University has a duty to ensure that the SRC elections are conducted in a credible, professional and transparent manner so that the results thereof, truly reflect the will of all the students.

Read more on Bulawayo. Visiting the vote web page today, one sees a simple message:

We are back
Our Hands – Our Minds – Our Destiny

But who is back? The hackers? The postponement notice is still linked from the university’s home page.

Meanwhile, on November 4, St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia opted to shut down its network after discovering that they were being cyrptomined.

In an online statement released by the university, it was revealed that the school’s network had to be temporarily shut down after discovering that cybercriminals had been exploiting its computing system’s power so as to mine cryptocurrency.

Read more about that one on The Chronicle Herald.

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