Har­vard Univer­sity com­put­ers hacked


In June this year, Har­vard Univer­sity un­cov­ered ‘an in­tru­sion’ on its com­puter net­works. The dis­cov­ery, which was made June 19, af­fected two IT sys­tems that im­pacted eight col­leges and ad­min­is­tra­tions, the school said. These in­cluded the Fac­ulty of Arts and Sciences, Har­vard Di­vin­ity School, Rad­cliffe In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Study, Cen­tral Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Grad­u­ate School of De­sign, Har­vard Grad­u­ate School of Ed­u­ca­tion, Har­vard John A. Paul­son School of En­gi­neer­ing and Ap­plied Sciences, or Har­vard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The univer­sity sug­gested to users to change the pass­word of the univer­sity e-mail ac­count, a ser­vice pro­vided by Mi­crosoft. “Pass­word changes will be re­quired again at a later time as the univer­sity takes fur­ther steps to en­hance se­cu­rity.”

Har­vard’s ad­min­is­tra­tion said it is un­cer­tain about what data has been stolen. “It is pos­si­ble that Har­vard lo­gin cre­den­tials (com- puter and e-mail pass­words, in­clud­ing Of­fice 365) stored on the com­pro­mised [Fac­ulty of Arts and Sciences] and Cen­tral Ad­min­is­tra­tion net­works have been ex­posed,” the let­ter said.

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