Virginia Tech Targeted in Two Recent Cyberattacks

Virginia Tech says it has been the target of two recent cyberattacks, but that no data has been stolen.

A few university units employed Kaseya, a U.S. software company that was attacked in early July in a global ransomware campaign that crippled businesses throughout the world, according to Virginia Tech spokesperson Mark Owczarski, who talked to the Roanoke Times on Friday.

According to Owczarski, the virus that the hackers distributed to Kaseya clients may have exposed student data, but the institution has discovered no indication of this.

A separate hack in May employed encrypted data to attack a university server, preventing the university from accessing the data, according to the newspaper. While hackers exploited insecure software on the server, there is no proof that data was stolen, according to Owczarski.

He told the publication that neither incident resulted in the university paying a ransom. The first attack’s issues have been rectified, but work to repair computers from the more recent, more extensive attack is still ongoing.

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