SVSU Web Site Hacked; No Personal Data Taken 2-07-2011 - WNEM TV 5

SVSU Web Site Hacked; No Personal Data Taken 2-07-2011

Saginaw Valley State University’s website was the target of a weekend hack attack.
Someone managed to gain access to the system and caused the site to shut down. The site's operations were restored early Monday evening.
“In this case, our Web server was being used to send out huge amounts of spam for at least a few days,” said Ken Schindler, executive director of Information Technology Services at SVSU. . “There is no evidence that the hacker even attempted to get past the firewall that protects the system,” said Schindler. “We have a legal obligation to notify any members of the campus community when their personal information has been compromised.”
So the bottom line according to Schindler: the hacker only cracked the Web server, there is no evidence that the hacker even attempted to penetrate the servers and systems where personal information is stored.
“We are hoping to have the new website up by the end of today, but at this point we are not certain of that time line,” said Schindler.
Once the problem was detected, SVSU sent out the following notice to students:
"To The Campus Community,
"Saturday night SVSU's web site was hacked.
"We are working to bring the full web site back on line.
"In the meantime we have put up a minimal text based home page with four main links."

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