FBI probes cyberattacks at Rutgers University, Farleigh Dickinson
NEW BRUNSWICK (AP) — FBI agents are investigating a cyberattack the crippled Internet service at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
University officials say the attack began on Friday. Service was slow and sometimes was not available. An email sent to students and staff on Tuesday morning by Don Smith of the school's Office of Information and Technology reports normal operations on-and-off campus has been restored. "OIT will continue to monitor performance and respond as necessary," wrote Smith.
Meanwhile, a cyberattack at Fairleigh Dickinson University was quickly resolved over the weekend. A post on the school's Facebook page on Saturday afternoon indicated service had been restored. Director of Public Relations Dina Schipper tells NJ.com that a distributed denial of service attack, similar to Rutgers problem, affected the school's Teaneck and Florsham Park campuses. The attack creates a tremendous amount of traffic looking for a connection that lingers even when the connection is lost or not found.
Rutgers spokesman E.J. Miranda says there is no evidence that any confidential information was compromised. Farleigh Dickinson's Director of Information Services in an email to students and staff, said "no sensitive data were affected, no non-public information was even potentially made available" according to NJ.com.
An online hacker took responsibility for the compromise according to NorthJersey.com, claiming that he was paid $500 an hour for the job.
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